Whether it’s running a business, taming a buffalo or inspiring a community, EARTH students have found that the best way to learn how to do things is by ACTUALLY doing them. The experiential learning emphasis at EARTH is one of the most important ways in which the University prepares leaders of change that are capable of creating a more just and prosperous society.
The following images were submitted by current students who captured some of the many different ways that learning comes alive at EARTH.
( ’14, Mexico)
“Basically, you can get your hands dirty anywhere on campus: in class, in the field, graduation projects, or even just helping out your friends. Right now for example, I’m learning really interesting things about chinampas (floating gardens that were once used by the ancient Aztecs) because I’m assisting a classmate with her research on the reservoir on campus.”
“For me, this photo reflects an important part of agricultural that a lot of people don’t get to see: our contact with people in communities. There are so many EARTH students that go above and beyond to organize volunteer activities simply because they care.”
Second-year student Antonio recently became an entrepreneur with Hemagua S.A., a company that he and fellow classmates created as part of the Entrepreneurial Projects Program at EARTH. Their goal is to “tame young adult water buffalos and train them to pull carts and ploughs,” and later selling them to local farmers.
“Water buffalos love playing in water; it relaxes them and makes them calmer and easier to train. We also pet them and take them on walks so they get used to being handled by people. I have worked with cows before, but water buffaloes behave totally differently so it was kind of like starting the learning process all over again. “
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