On Tuesday was our final science exam, and it was one of the most unique final exams that any of us had ever taken. We went to Reid State Park which contains many of the ecosystems that we have covered this year: salt marshes, dune beaches, forests, rocky intertidal, with the exception of a bog. We divided up into teams and each team had to come up with a cheer for the morning of the exam. My team was the deciduous factor (get it, deciding factor?) and we came up with a cheer that was a spin off of Chewonki’s. There were four stations that the teams went to in the morning. Once we arrived at our spot, our proctor gave us 2 pages of questions to answer about that ecosystem. First we would explore, come up with a hypothesis, and then answer the questions at hand. Our first station was the Sand Dunes. We were given three questions and half an hour to answer them. After the dunes, we went to take our bird test with Lynne. We stood on a little hill and we each received binoculars. We were allowed our bird books, and Lynne would shout “BIRD!” if she spotted one and we would have to identify it. It was very fun. Then, my team went to explore the rocky intertidal. The waves were huge that day, and we would stand at the line that peter deemed the safe spot away from the water, and watch the waves crash against the rocks, sending up a cloud of salty spray. It was incredible. We completed our questions about the rocky intertidal with enough time at the end to sit and watch the angry sea. After this, my team took the long hike to the salt marsh.We came back for lunch, (burgers, hot dogs, and hot chocolate). We all huddled up together on the picnic tables and held the hot cups to warm our hands. After lunch the groups went to the ecosystem that they had not yet covered (in my case the forest) and then we took the written portion of the test, and the species quiz. Then, many shouts of relief were heard when we all realized we were done with school and exams!
But then another realization sprung in our minds. We were done. And now is the beginning of the end of Chewonki. I just got back from packing up my cabin, and campus is slowly starting to appear as if we had never been there. Despite this encroaching sadness, these last three days will be filled with fun activities, for example the Farm Olympics which will take place after lunch.
It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to say in this blog, because it is the last one. I think we can all say with confidence that Chewonki is our second home. I have had the best four months of my life here, and though it is heart breaking to leave, Chewonki has opened my eyes to a new way of living that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I love you semester forty five, thanks for making these past months everything that it was. And thank you Chewonki, for nurturing us, and allowing us to grow as people and explore the possibilities that life has to offer.
I love you semester 45!!!
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