Student Spotlight Summer in the High Arctic BY LAURA DILLMAN RIPLEY In May 2014, honours environmental studies and international relations student Graham May (’15) set sail for the adventure of a lifetime. The 2014 Mount Allison Mansbridge Intern spent his summer sailing to the Arctic, researching and volunteering in communities in Greenland and Nunavut. “Climate change was the reason why I first travelled to the Arctic. Throughout the summer, when I was looking at Arctic resource extraction, I expected it to be a huge driver of oil and mineral development,” says May. “What I learned 8 / THE RECORD / Winter 2015 through my discussions in the North as a southerner was both educational and humbling.” May spent two months living aboard the Arctic Tern vessel, travelling from Newfoundland to Greenland and Nunavut. He stopped in several rural communities along the way, interviewing community members, politicians, and business leaders in both Greenland and Nunavut about the impact of oil and mineral development in the North. The prime minister of Greenland was among his interviewees. “This was a very personally challenging component of the exchange — working as crew aboard a 47-foot sailing vessel in the Arctic Ocean, while also fulfilling my role as a researcher,” says May. “But luckily I had the dream team for a crew who were very knowledgeable and patient with the research kid on board.” For the last three weeks of his internship, May lived in Iqaluit, continuing his research and volunteering at the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation.