Field trips have always been one of my favorite aspects of school. They’re like tiny vacations — an opportunity to step into an unfamiliar environment and hopefully learn something new in the process.
I still remember my first grade trip to the Hershey Chocolate factory, the week I spent at Camp Calvin Crest, and my middle school visit to San Francisco. They stand out as moments of pure happiness.
When I graduated from Madera High in June, I figured my days of field trips were behind me. How wrong I was. I have been on two universitysponsored trips since January; the first led me to Lake Tahoe for a disastrous (though entertaining) weekend of skiing, and the second gave me the opportunity to spend the night in the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Although this was not my first visit to the aquarium, I was still incredibly excited — more so, even, than the majority of my dorm mates. This was partially because I am a huge fan of field trips in general, but also because I once harbored ambitions of becoming a dolphin trainer. This phase lasted for approximately two weeks during the first grade. Then I realized dolphin trainers handled raw fish on a daily basis, and decided I was probably more fit to be the first female Commander in Chief. (I still haven’t completely gotten over that goal, but that’s a story for another time.) ...