Old Palace Sixth Form student enthrals peers with the wonders of her travel plans.
We are all familiar with the expression ‘the world is your oyster’, but for Old Palace’s Year 13 Geography student, Makeda, the statement is true. In her recent presentation to her Form class, Makeda shared her views on the importance of travelling after studies.
Speaking on The Seven Natural Wonders of the World, she advised her classmates to “travel after university or during their gap year,” to increase their general knowledge.
World class aspirations studying at Old Palace
As a Geography student and future Marine Biology student, Makeda expects to do a lot of travelling and wishes to visit the following ‘Wonders of the World’ in the future:
- Mount Everest, which is Earth’s highest mountain with a peak of 8,848 metres above sea level;
- Victoria Falls, which is the world’s largest sheet of falling water, being one and a half times wider than Niagara Falls and twice as high;
- The Grand Canyon;
- Harbor of Rio de Janeiro and Paricutin volcano which is the only volcano humans have witnessed from start to extinction.
She has two sights that she is most looking forward to seeing. The stunning Northern Lights, which appear when solar wind particles collide with air molecules in the earth’s atmosphere, transferring their energy into light. The Great Barrier Reef, in Australia, which is the world’s largest coral reef. She told the class about the great coral reefs that take up 1% of the ocean floor but hold 25% of marine life and act as an ocean filter. Reefs usually grow up on the east shore of land masses as the temperature there is thought to be warmer than the western side and they usually grow in tropical climates. However, the Great Barrier Reef is slowly being destroyed due to a rise in climate and activities such as mass fishing with large nets.
Makeda left classmates with a special thought: It is important to be eco-friendlier and consider doing small tasks such as walking to the bus stop instead of driving, turning off the lights and not leaving your heating on all day long.
Makeda, Old Palace Sixth Form, Year 13.