After breakfast we were taken on our very first field trip of the month! We all were ecstatic to sit on a bus, sing songs, and talk to each other during the ride.
This field acted as a major kickstarter towards developing our knowledge on our DE Project: we found ourselves in the middle of the of Eco360 and TransAqua compost facilities. We were given thorough tours of both areas: Eco360 gave us a detailed view of the sorting of recycling and mechanics of composting while Transaqua helped us understand the time necessary for composting to be done correctly and safely. Both facilities smelled SO bad! Despite the smell, these detailed tours taught us a lot about what happens when we throw our trash away and the journey it takes to being recycled, decomposed, or dumped into a landfill.
After our tours, we were given time to enjoy the New Brunswick sun with an outdoor picnic. We ate our chicken sandwiches in the shade of the trees of Centennial Park. Rocky Stone football field gave us an opportunity to drain our energy with multiple rec activities: frisbees flew around the field, there were a couple intense games of spikeball happening simultaneously, as well as a soccer game going on in the field. Many of us left with sunkissed faces and shoulders, some of us redder than others: Luckily our PAs have invested in some Aloe Vera to treat our burns.
It was a relief to return to residence after our long day, which made us think about how much of a home Bennet House is going to be for us over the next month. We love our dorms, we love our roommates, and we all will appreciate the month here with each other, no matter how stinky our field trips get.