Taking off from the last post, I must say that the class debate was slightly disappointing. I had prepared myself for battle, but when the time came, none of the other stakeholder groups (Agriculture, Engineers, and the Green Movement) pressed forward the issues caused by Fisheries. The majority of the debate took place around the agricultural impacts on the health of the Baltic Sea. This is clearly an important aspect that required a discussion, but it is far from the only problem. Although I enjoyed the debating practice, in the future I would hope that the discussion is a bit more balanced.
With the completion of the debate, a new project began. We were given eight class days to work on our Individual Literature Project (ILP). Although I had known about this project for quite some time, I had not made too much progress prior to the start of this eight day period of free study time. However, my ILP came together quite smoothly. We were allowed to choose any topic, as long as it related in some way to aquatic ecology. I decided to look into the phenomenon of seagrass reddening. With my free time I read a mountain of scientific articles that were all somehow related to this topic. I then condensed my ideas regarding the articles I found useful, and finished by spending a large amount of my time writing the actual paper. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the final product…although this may change depending on how it is graded.
After spending so much time indoors writing, I definitely wanted to take advantage of the approaching weekend. To start, I through a mini pizza party in my apartment with several classmates Friday night. I had the dough waiting when they arrived and everyone got the chance to make their own artistically inspired pizza. There was a massive amount left over, but this was perhaps a blessing in disguise since a group of us decided to go out hiking on Saturday. We took the train from Lund to Landskrona and then hiked along the seaside North to Helsingborg. I’ll admit that it wasn’t the greatest weather, but at least it wasn’t rainy. Plus, the thick coat of fog that followed us during the latter half of our hike made the whole experience feel like some foreboding post-apocalyptic movie scene. The hike lasted for about five hours. Needless to say, I decided to stay in Saturday night…I’m fairly certain I was asleep before ten. Although, for those of you who know me, perhaps this is not so surprising.
Until next time,