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As a CSU student pursuing a degree in the field of biology, an opportunity such as this doesn't appear often and has the potential to open many doors for my career in the future. A trip as extensive as this will give me the necessary experience that may assist in my pursuit of other internships, master programs, and careers. My expedition is set in Honduras where I'll be volunteering as a research assistant in the Cusuco National Park. This cloud forest is one of the most diverse areas on our planet and holds many species that are not found anywhere else. With the time I have, I will be working to help conserve the unique fauna of the neotropics that are presently challenged by climate change and deforestation. Although I plan to take full advantage of the experience I'll get working with the wide variety of organisms in the park, my passion for herpetology is what has driven me to take my expedition in Honduras, rather than any other of the offered locations. The hands-on experience I may get with the fascinating reptiles and amphibians of Honduras is unlike anywhere else and will facilitate connections between what I learn in school and what I encounter in the field. The fact that I will be enduring a month-long expedition that consists of steep mountainsides, thick brush and limited resources for the sole purpose of education and conservation will prove to be, not only an accomplishment but a defining experience that will impact what I decide to do for the rest of my life.