BSCN – Okayama University
My first work term recently took place in Japan with Okayama University. Working in a foreign country led me to culturally adapt and learn from experienced professionals. When working in small rural villages, I assisted the local government or a professor. I learned about forestry and ecology related issues from a different perspective, while being encouraged to share and apply my own input. Within working at Okayama’s Forest Ecology Lab, I gained field and lab experience alongside small teams of graduate students across challenging landscapes. The language barrier taught me to always speak clear and remain positive, especially when relaying important data or maintaining team spirit. The Co-op experience gave me skills from learning opportunities that only a global placement could provide. Without Co-op I wouldn’t be as confident in my abilities or foster these necessary career related skills; adapting to new perspectives and being open to learn from others.