• Salina Janzan and Molly Jordan

On being kick-ass women: Molly

I lived with three pretty kick-ass women in Mauritius. These posts let you get to know them too.

Next up on Getting to Know the Girls of the Villa, I'd like to introduce you to Molly. Molly is: Inspector-Gadget, best-worst-dance-moves-partner, and, all-things-nerdy-pop-culture. 80% of what she says may or may not be a book or movie quote. I have this girl to thank for so many fun adventures and so many weird, nerdy conversations (editing note: it took me three times to write this as conVersations, rather than conServation. Talk about ingrained repetitive training). My time here would not have been the same without her. If you would like to hear more of her stories, Molly blogs here.

Where are you from originally?

I am originally from California, USA

Where were you a month before the course?

I was finishing up my undergraduate degree at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture in Japan.

Life story in under 50 words:

Born and raised in Prunedale, CA. Moved to San Jose for High School. Moved to Japan for University. Moved to Mauritius for PGDip program. Basically I just move around a lot. I have two brothers, a sister and a dog named Wilson.

Why did you decide to do the course?

I was looking for a Masters Programs in wildlife conservation and came across the University of Kent site advertising the PGDip program. I had never heard of a PGDip program before this, and on that note, I had never heard of Mauritius prior to my application of this course.

I was drawn in by the promise of “hands-on” work both in the classroom and in the field. I thought I would have more fun getting muddy in the field than sitting in a classroom for a few hours a day.

Favorite field station so far? Why?

I think my favorite field station so far would have to be Round Island. I was the first group that made it with little difficulty* and my experience there was just incredible. We ate freshly caught fish almost every night, and one night even caught an octopus for dinner. Hiking up to summit in the morning in time to watch the sunrise and again in the evening for the sunset were easily my favorite times of the day. Hanging with the giant tortoises by day and playing with the RI boas by night, with all the smiley Ornata geckos and fun-loving Telfair skinks in between, was an experience I will never forget.

What’s up next for you?

Next, I will be heading back to Japan for at least another two years to complete a Masters degree in Global Environmental Studies.

Number one on your travel wish list?

Machu Picchu, Peru.

Pick a favorite place to eat, in any city, anywhere in the world:

My father’s BBQ. My back yard.

Go wild, and tell us something cool that I haven’t asked about:

I have mad “bad-dancing” skills.

Edit from Salina: also, Molly made this cool time lapse for her undergraduate, which I think deserves a mention.

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*Difficulty has been experienced by most groups following, because, to quote Mauritian Wildlife Foundation: "Access to the island by boat is very difficult and dangerous as the island has a completely rocky shoreline and the sea is usually very rough."

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