TPP's email inbox is bulging. That can only mean one thing, it's the end of the semester and this is the last ditch chance to submit all those assignments that were due all semester. Students who have paid little attention to what was going on are now want to know what is going on as if it will make a difference. For many such students semesters end in a whimper, sadly fading away, with nothing like a triumphant finale or celebration. But not our rainforest ecology class: bright, hard-working, positive attitudes, well-behaved, good company, cooperative, eager, observant, so they'll have a final get together, and TPP will host a dinner of Costa Rican food and a picture party. Everyone submits their best photos (up to 30) for a visual sharing. There will be awards for the best organism picture, the best landscape picture, and the best in-the-field selfie (a new category). Awards will also be given for best projects and presentations. Other awards will make light of tropical field work like the teflon award for the person who just never seems to get dirty, or the peccary award of personal hygiene (only if applicable), and monsoon mud-monkey award for the person who just seems to be a mud magnet, and so on. This will take place after final exams so people can unwind. It's their reward for not whining, whinging, or wailing. Now, find the student in the rainforest.
21 hours ago in Variety of Life