This experience taught me new technical skills in geoscience application as well as new skills in scientific and international communication/collaboration. It was a chance to live abroad, experience a different culture, and be a scientist—all in one! The opportunity and all that I have learned from it will stick with me both personally and professionally.
It would have been simple to complete the field work without understanding the applications of the data we collected, but understanding the science behind why we were collecting it made it interesting. Furthermore, we can use this data in future studies, and hopefully give useful information back to the scientific community!
Though I may not end up being a geo-technician, I have learned from this experience that I can and will conduct research in the future. To that end, grad school is in my future.