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A course to dive for

NTU students learn around the world and these snaps from the pioneer batch of Asian School of the Environment graduates show that the great outdoors sometimes makes the best classroom
by Peter Yeo

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    True colours

    “In North America – where we pitched tents at the Diaz Lake campground for our Cerro Gordo field trip (above) – and Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, we saw fiery sunrises and serene waterways. Among the many 'firsts' for me was being a teaching assistant and making s’mores, nighttime campfire treats that I had only read about in books. These are the memories I’ll treasure.” - Yan Yu Ting

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    True colours

    “In North America – where we pitched tents at the Diaz Lake campground for our Cerro Gordo field trip – and Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario (above), we saw fiery sunrises and serene waterways. Among the many 'firsts' for me was being a teaching assistant and making s’mores, nighttime campfire treats that I had only read about in books. These are the memories I’ll treasure.” - Yan Yu Ting

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    Power surge

    “The fabulous Niagara Falls was one of the first sights that welcomed us on our exchange at the University of Western Ontario.” - Yan Yu Ting

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    Making waves

    “This sight greeted us at the Bundala National Park in Sri Lanka where we conducted field studies by the beach. These waves were coming in directly from the Indian Ocean.” - Eunice Tan

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    With all its mite

    “At Cerro Gordo county in California, we saw a dolomitic limestone with its distinct curved shape being uncovered in the field.” - Amanda Cheong

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    Kit fit

    “We take our fieldwork seriously as demonstrated in this photo. Field hats, compasses and apparel with long sleeves were par for the course.” - Amanda Cheong

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    Snow big deal

    “This photo of snow-covered peaks in California is one for the postcards.” - Deborah Loke

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    Fish out of water

    “We saw this imprint of a fish fossil during a class in Cardiff University. It was interesting to look at the different types of rocks and learn about them overseas.” - Deborah Loke

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    Land rovers

    “In the US, we had to survey tree mortality on field trips, as well as investigate why the trees had died. We had to check the trees on rocky terrain with steep drop-offs, while carrying our 5kg backpacks. This back-breaking work took place from dawn to dusk every day.” - Sylvia Tan

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    Lighten up

    “We had to hike into a national park and climb a few storeys to catch this majestic sight at the Niah Cave in Miri, Malaysia. It was a memorable lesson!” - Sylvia Tan

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    I sea you

    “It’s heartening to know we’re learning from impassioned profs. I snuck this photo of Dr Shawn Lum, one of our course professors, who was so mesmerised by the Indian Ocean. It just fuelled my love for the sea too.” - Sylvia Tan