Q and A: Jenna Ferman, SEE-U program

August 27, 2014

Jenna Ferman is one of several Columbia undergraduates who traveled to Jordan and Columbia Global Centers | Middle East this summer as part of theSummer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates Program, which is run in conjunction with Columbia College and the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She shares below his experiences in the five-week program.

What promoted you to seek this opportunity at the center?
I wanted to go to Jordan because I spent so much time in Israel and I wanted to see the other side of the border.

What was the major attraction for you?
I love traveling somewhere new and different, and this gave me a great opportunity to do so.

How did your experience meet or exceed your expectations?
This experience went above and beyond my expectations. I had an incredible experience in Jordan, it was one of the best trips of my life. We were learning the whole time. Traveling and learning as you go was an incredible experience.

Where were the one or two highlights for you from your time here?
Danna, it makes you feel so small with the beautiful views, and also seeing the Dead Sea from the other side was great.

What tips do you suggest to students embarking on this program in the future?
Take note of the different food, and make sure to take advantage of the opportunity you’ve been given and also do a project that is water-based.


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