Heidi Meador is a UW Master’s student who travelled to New Zealand over winter break as part of a Faculty-Led Program. Heidi was one of several UW students to earn academic credit by participating in the trip. During their time in New Zealand, the Heidi and the other students got a chance to study New Zealand’s biodiversity. In addition, the students had plenty of downtime to explore New Zealand’s many sights.
Reflecting on the course, Heidi said, “It offered an amazing opportunity to explore the vast biodiversity of New Zealand, as well as an unforgettable experience." One of Heidi’s favorite experiences of the trip was climbing Mount Taranaki, one of New Zealand’s volcanos! To reach the top, the group climbed 131 stories to a view that was, “absolutely amazing.”
The group also visited several beaches and had a special New Year’s Eve beach celebration, which was very memorable for Heidi, in her words: “we went swimming in the ocean on New Year's Eve, and watched fireworks from the water. It was an amazing New Years !”