Born in Venezuela, biology major Ana Yanes remembers family trips to the coast as her first adventures in marine science. “I loved playing with everything in the sand. Snails, crabs, even bugs. I wanted to know why everything was the way it was.” Ana’s natural curiosity evolved from making worm-packed pies as a girl to interning at the Caretta Research Project on Wassaw Island when she was a junior at Columbia College. “Getting to work hands-on with this amazing conservation project that protects nesting loggerhead turtles truly changed my life. When I saw the first one coming up the beach to lay her eggs, I knew I wanted a career where I could feel this amazing connection to nature."

If you want college to be more than just time in a classroom, let’s talk about the power of hands-on learning. Please join us at the next Columbia College Open House.

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