May 23, 2013 | Myrna AndersonMatt Kucinski

Rachel Wahl is on the Big Sky Geology interim.

Every summer, hundreds of Calvin students scatter across the U.S. and around the world, researching, interning and exploring. This summer, some of these students are keeping us informed about their adventures. First up: sophomore Rachel Wahl of Loveland, Colo., a recreation leadership major at Calvin College. Rachel is spending the early summer on the Big Sky Geology interim.

Where are you?

Glen, Montana at Gainey Ranch ... lets just say we're off the grid.

Why are you there?

I am taking geology 153 to fulfill my core and complete my required three interims, and to get some fresh air!

What’s your typical day like?

The typical day here starts at eight and don't be late! Followed by lecture time, then the afternoon is comprised of hiking and field work.

What (technically) are you doing?

So far finding topographic elevation changes, distinguishing rocks and analyzing the landscape.

What (in layperson's terms) are you doing?

We're playing with rocks and exploring Montana.

How has Calvin prepared you for this?

By giving me background knowledge of the material, providing great professors and a fun group.

What has surprised you so far?

The travel time. It took a total of 14 hours to get here from Calvin. In Montana everything is spread out, so it takes a long time to get anywhere.

How do you see this shaping your future?

I think my wilderness and geology knowledge will greatly improve. Plus I will be able to say I hiked mountains in Montana!

Best thing you’ve eaten?

The food here is great! Everything we have eaten has been good.

What’s gone wrong?

I unfortunately missed the meeting where we went over what to bring and what not to bring on the trip ... I should have gone to the meeting! (Slightly underprepared)

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