Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity and experience, but preparing yourself for that journey makes it all the better. When I studied in Bonaire in the fall of 2008, I had never studied marine biology before. Though not directly impeding my studies during my experience, I would have had a richer and more knowledgeable understanding of the coral reefs in Bonaire, had I taken some marine
biology courses before hand. My recommendation if you are thinking about studying in Bonaire is to take the invertebrate zoology course at OIMB either in the spring or summer before you go to Bonaire so that you are familiar with the organisms you are seeing and can get even more excited than I did at the fantastic diversity of types, shapes and colors.