Clear Skies and Open Roads

By Alex Herbst ’15

As soon as I finished packing my things from my room in Blair Hall last May, my good friend Justin Buteau ’15 and I set off to travel the country. We visited Mount Rushmore, the Field of Dreams, and Denver on our way to Justin’s home state of California. It was my first time in the “Sunshine State” and I was amazed by the sight and sounds of California. I also grew so much from this experience, just my friend Justin and I on the open road, bringing me back with a new world perspective. You can read about my entire trip on the blog I kept to chronicle my travels, Spanning the USA.

After two weeks in California, I returned to work at Eagle’s Landing Day Camp in my hometown of North Brunswick, NJ, for my eighth year of service. This summer was especially meaningful as I was able to put my coursework to use: I taught children in third grade and up about weather and astronomy, and I got to sneak in some “mad science” and pioneering/outdoor survival skills. Being able to educate children about a field that I care so much about was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, because not only could I make a difference in a child’s life, but do so in a place I truly consider a second home. Most importantly, it solidified my desire to earn my degree in meteorology and become a broadcast meteorologist.

It was an exciting summer, but I’m glad to be back at Plymouth State University and am looking forward to communicating with you this fall. Is there a topic that you’d like me to report on or story you’d like to share? Click here to e-mail me with your ideas about future articles for A View from Rounds Tower.