Chickens to Turtles

Chickens to Turtles

This summer, I danced with some of my idols, produced original work for the top health insurance company in NC, and did turtle conservation in Costa Rica . The month of May marked the beginning of my internship at Blue Cross Blue Shield NC and three consecutive weekends of Lindy Hop (a type of swing dance). During the week, I learned about and contributed to my team's efforts in the social media department. On the weekends, I danced my way through Charleston, Richmond, and Knoxville.

In June, I focused on creating original work for my internship. I researched, created case studies, and wrote promotions for Instagram and our employee ambassador program.

July was my favorite month. I got to propose and write an external blog post about our family farm, Little Peep Farm. I was also planning for my two and a half weeks in Costa Rica.

The best part of my summer was my turtle conservation service trip in Costa Rica. I loved the old traditions, welcoming people, and diverse nature.

The main part of my trip was spent doing conservation in Rio Oro. I learned how to identify turtles just by their tracks, how the protect nests from poachers, and that turtles make very weird noises when they lay eggs. We worked with the turtles during the night and then explored land during the day. I also got practice and expand my spanish speaking and listening skills.

Outside of Rio Oro, I got to snorkle with a Hawksbill turtle, climb an active volcano, and hold a toucan. My smile was so big that I could have blinded someone.

I went to Costa Rica with a determination to learn about and aid turtles. While there, I accomplished that and so much more. I discovered new things about the country and myself. I am very grateful to the Wilson Scholars Program for giving me this experience and opportunity for self exploration and growth. Here's to my first of many more adventures.

Written by: Lily Shaw

Lily Shaw painting a sign

Published: May 22, 2015 9:00am