Introduction: Tri Raynes

Hi everyone! My name is Tri Raynes (any pronouns), and I am a junior GSWS BPhil student with a Public and Professional Writing certificate. I grew up in Cleveland, OH (go Browns!) and I had never been to Europe before my upcoming study abroad! I’m traveling to London to study Wrongful Convictions since I hope…

Learning From Each Other

Within my cohort, there are a few projects that I feel are similar to mine. In general, the projects in the sciences (biology for Gayatri and Zack, neuroscience for Vivek, and psychology for Jolie and Siyan) follow the same process. They have an expectation about a certain phenomenon (hypothesis), develop a way to analyze that…

Spring Creek Morning Observation

I sit along a ridge overlooking a valley to the south of our camp. It is early in the morning. The ground immediately surrounding me is the first thing I make note of. I am in a patch of grass, seemingly dense from afar but sparse up close. Around me are thistle and sagebrush, the…

Wyoming Spring Creek: The landscape, near and far

It’s sunny and not very windy on this Saturday morning at the spring creek preserve. From where I’m sitting, south of the shipping containers, I see many rocks of all shapes, sizes, and kinds. In the background, there is a mountain range, that appears darker than everything closer. Probably because it is further away and…

Observations of My Own

As I walk out into the plain from the field site, the fragrance from crushed sagebrush wafts up from beneath my boots. In the wide-open expanse of the Laramie Valley, the smell is always around, but the uniqueness of the aroma never seems to get old. Taking a seat near the dirt road that leads…

Wyoming Spring Creek: Morning from a Ridge

I am currently sitting on a ridge overlooking one of the many valleys of the Spring Creek Preserve in Wyoming. I can see the camp where we spent the night sleeping out in tents from my perch. The land rolls out before me for miles. I can see the mountains in the distance, rising up…

Wyoming Spring Creek: Time to Observe

As we adventure through Spring Creek, it is easy to get wrapped up in trying to learn every new thing about the area. A whole day could be spent simply identifying the plants and animals littering the seemingly barren landscape. Over the past few days, I feel like the land has become increasingly familiar to…

Wyoming Spring Creek – Observing the Landscape

As I write this, I am sitting next to the opening of a prairie dog tunnel system, there are ants, bees, and beetles are hard at work all around me, and there is a bird of prey circling far above my head. Life persists. Plants of so many species grow around me, and I am…

Understanding Your Audience: Communicating your research

Throughout the Brackenridge fellowship, I have been challenged to understand and communicate my research based on the audience. Overall, this is an essential skill, for the way I explain my research to someone whose a professional in the psychology field versus a colleague in a different discipline is going to be completely different. Communicating my…

My Final Week

I think if I were speaking to myself at the start of the program, there are a few things I wish I was more aware of. The biggest point would be not to burn yourself out. During the program, I interned at HBO from 7am-3pm, did my homework assignments from 3pm-5pm, ate dinner and then…