This programme has been an incredible learning curve for me. It is unbelievable how ignorant I was about the environment in general, and my environment specifically. Now, I am extra-aware of the implications of my actions on the environment. I am even more aware of the implications of my home-country's (Nigeria) government's total neglect of the environment.
I find myself at a crossroads at the moment. I would like to be able to use what I am learning here in a way that is meaningful to my continent and my country. I will have to figure out how to do that. The head of my programme at the University of the Witswatersrand is in the States currently. I met up with him in the west village at the New York University (NYU), and he asked me what the next step was now that I have finished my research report. I honestly don't know. I do know that I will be job-hunting next year since my course at Bard finishes in May 2008.
Well, let's see how it goes. I have four more months to go.....anything can happen. I do know I want to blend my knowledge and experience in arts, culture and heritage management with environmental policy.