Jessica Emudluk, Student
Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada
Premièrement, je suis vraiment excitée, car on est maintenant à Toronto. Je n’est pas encore mon baggage avec moi, car il n’est pas arrivé avec nous. En pensant de quesqu’on va voir est faire, cela m’excite beaucoup et j’ai hate d’aller sur le bâteau. Je remerci mon professeur de français qui m’a aidé lorsque j’ai inscrit sur ce programme. Après tout le long de préparer, je suis finalement ici avec les autres explorateur(e)s.
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Laurissa Christie, Student
Tara, Ontario, Canada
After 2.5 years of waiting, I am finally on route to my dream destination of Antarctica. I am very excited to meet all of the students and staff members who I will be sharing this expedition with. Despite feeling a bit under the weather last night, I am now much better and ready to set sail. I have been so impressed by the organization and planning SOI has completed to make this journey a success. I am most looking forward to comparing the changes taking place in the Arctic with that of the Antarctic. I have already met some amazing people who I know will turn into my Students on Ice family by the end of the expedition. Antarctica, here we come!!!
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Justine Wild, Student
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
I am really looking forward to going on the trip; although, the long flights
aren't sounding too appealing. Like other students, the whole thing hasn't
quite set in yet. Sitting with some other students who are going on this trip
and typing this blog post has made it seem a lot more real and exciting.
I look forward to learning
about Shackleton, because he is one of the main reasons for becoming involved.
I went to a talk, called "Recreating Shackleton's Footsteps". Shackleton
and his Antarctic expedition are so interesting to me, and I really wanted to
learn more, and witness the Antarctic for myself. Luckily, at the end of the
presentation I was told about Students on Ice. I quickly was on the website
reading the application, longing to go. I finished the application; although I
wasn't old enough to participate, I was only 13 at the time. I waited until I
was 14, and then waited for my reference letters. A few weeks after submitting
my paperwork l was notified that I accepted to participate in the SOI Antarctic
youth expedition 2011!
Other than Shackleton, the main thing I hope to learn more about is the
thinning of the ozone layer, and the effects of UV radiation on phytoplankton.
The decrease in the phytoplankton population poses risks for the whole food chain
above. I would also like to learn more about the ecosystems, the geology, and
the oceanography of Antarctica.
I'm excited to meet all the
other students and chaperones, visit Point Wild, and hopefully send a postcard
from the Antarctic post office. I am nervous and excited to sail the Drake Passage,
because of its legendary rough waters. I'm hoping that I will be
able to apply what I learn on this expedition to my life and within my community.
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Drew Gibbons, Student
G’day, my name is Drew
Gibbons, an Australian exchange student living in Canada for a year.
Last semester during one of
my biology classes I had expressed interest in the environment and the
Antarctic - my teacher, Mrs. Nadeau, knew about this program and decided to
approach me about the opportunity to apply for Students on Ice.
Basically, I am here to
learn and be inspired to make a change. Our generation, and the ones to follow,
is the generation who will have to deal with the consequences of climate change
due to human impacts. This expedition is an opportunity to expand my knowledge
on these consequences and see first hand an area that could, in the future be
under the threat. I believe it is going to be interesting to learn about the
Antarctic from a number of different perspectives. After this life changing
expedition I plan on making a difference in my personal life and attempt to
teach others what I have learned.
I’m looking forward to being
able to work with people from all over the world, all different ages, and in
different professions working together towards a common goal. Listening to
other peoples’ views on the environment and how they believe climate change
should be faced will broaden my perspective and personal views.
Seeing the Antarctic wildlife
in their natural habitat will be an incredible experience. Being able to
observe them and understand how these species are affected by human impacts
will have an impact on me I think. I'm quite fond of photography so being able
to photograph these animals will also be an amazing experience. – I’ll have
memories to keep with me forever. I’m also looking forward to
joining the Antarctic swimming team! More on that later. …After I have braved
the icy depths.
Knowledge is key! We have a wonderful team of
scientists and professionals who have a wide range of knowledge in their
particular fields of study. Listening and learning from them is the biggest
weapon we have to fight climate change. The more people who are aware of the
problems we are facing today the better chance we have at creating a