Q and A: Niko Loyatho, SEE-U program

August 27, 2014

Niko Loyatho is one of several Columbia undergraduates who traveled to Jordan and Columbia Global Centers | Middle East this summer as part of the Summer 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. He shares below his experiences in the five-week program.

What was the major attraction for you?
I love traveling I was attracted to ecology and environmental science.

How did your experience meet or exceed your expectations?
Expectations were 1/10 and it was like a 10/10. I didn’t think I would set the chance to experience all that I did.

Where were the one or two highlights for you from your time here?
Royal Arabian Stables because my family breeds Arabian horses and it was awesome to see them here.

What tips do you suggest to students embarking on this program in the future?
Definitely come with an open mind.

What is your career goal?
Write novels and eventually write scripts for films.

How did this experience have an impact on that goal, if at all?
With any writing, horizon broadening is a great thing. Coming to a place where culture is very different makes for a more significant experience

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