Ainsley Wilson, '15 Saves Sea Turtles!

August 28, 2014

Ainsley Wilson

Ainsley took part in our SURPASs program and then traveled to Costa Rica to save sea turtles.

What are you studying?

I'm a nursing student.

Where are you spending your summer? What are you doing?

I lived on campus in Boston for the 7 week duration of the SURPASs program. My friend Emmaline Ashe and I continued the research of two of our professors here at Simmons. Professor Scott and Professor Duty conducted a study during the school year to look at current laundering habits used by nursing students to wash their scrubs. We continued this research but recruited professional nurses from South Shore Hospital to see what their laundering habits are and if they eliminate bacteria on their scrubs. It has been a wonderful experience to get a taste of what research is all about. It was amazing to see what we could accomplish in just 7 weeks. We were able to recruit 100 nurses for our study!

After SURPASs, Emma and I took off for a volunteering adventure in Costa Rica. We volunteered for one month, at both an agricultural project in Atenas, CR as well as a sea turtle conservation project in Pacuare, CR. It was our first time leaving the country and we were very excited to explore Costa Rica.

What's the most rewarding part of your experience so far?

Getting to know the other students working on SURPASs projects and seeing all the cool research happening here at Simmons!

What excites you most about coming back to Simmons in the fall?

Becoming an RA for the coming year!

Where's your go-to spot to hang out in the summer?

The restaurants on Peterborough Street in Boston! Whether you want Thai, Greek, Mexican or an awesome crepe, this plaza has something for everyone and we love hanging out near good food.