Dear Friends of Shoals Marine Laboratory,
As I type these words, the SML academic program staff is busy giving out merit scholarships for summer 2016. This is an exciting time here as we anticipate working with these amazing and enthusiastic undergraduate scholars. I want to share a paragraph from one student's application letter. This is from an undergraduate who wishes to return to SML again:
"As we all know, there are many different kinds of learning styles. Some people are able to gain knowledge by simply going to lectures and listening or by reading and making countless flashcards from a sea of notes, while others thrive in a more kinetic, hands-on environment. Ideally, learning should encompass all our senses which is the approach that best suits me. On Appledore Island, I am sincerely at home in that learning environment. The lectures are meaningful, relevant, and we are able to immediately apply what we learn in the field. Not only that, we make important human bonds and connections with our classmates because many of the projects are collaborative which is a real world experience. On Appledore, our senses are on fire and the neurons in our brains seem to ignite so that learning becomes so exciting and seemingly effortless; I truly feel like I learn, and more importantly, remember more in a two week SML course than I do in any class during a typical semester on campus."
This sums up the magic of the Learning Island and explains why we are so proud of our mission and our ability to make this experience affordable for all!