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Sara Santiago

Geography, 2012

BUT FOR OHIO STATE, I MIGHT THINK THAT GEOGRAPHY IS ONLY ABOUT MAPS.


When Sara Santiago walked through the doors at Ohio State four years ago, she never imagined that she would find herself in a remote village in Honduras living among the indigenous Tawahka and Miskito assessing the impact of a dam project on their quality of life.

But then Santiago took a College of Arts and Sciences geography class and her life changed. She spent a month in conducting interviews with indigenous leaders and river dwellers to better understand the impact of a proposed dam on their lives and livelihoods. For Santiago, the experience of being in the field and working so closely with a graduate student and professor was transformative.

“I was able to see another way of life and the very real risks to that way of life,” said Santiago. “I really learned how to be a geographer.”

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