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11 August, 2002

It;s Just the Beginning!

We leave our orientation and training session today with our heads numb with knowledge and our hearts anxious with anticipation.

Over the next few months the twelve of us will await our assignments (All we know to this point is which six of us go to the Arctic and which six go to Antarctica). We will be assigned to a researcher and from that point on things happen quickly.

From this point we return home and begin preparation for the upcoming school year and continue to study about our regions, practice newly learned skills and keep in shape.

I am extremely grateful for this opportunity given to me by the National Science Foundation, Rice University, the Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory and the American Museum of Natural History.

Please continue to follow my journal as I prepare for my journey north.

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