As the end of the Mayan calendar nears, UC students plan a trip to witness the rumored end of the world firsthand.
A group of 36 students from the University of Cincinnati will be traveling to Yucatan, Mexico between semesters to explore the Mayan ruins. The trip includes visits to ancient Mayan archaeological sites, a flamingo sanctuary, colonial cities and manufacturing plants in the region.
The program is designed to research U.S. investments and Mexican development.
The students will be touring the region on Dec. 21. The date marks the end of the Mayan calendar and is rumored, by some, to be the end of the world.
"It will be an exciting time to visit this part of the world," says Bradley Miyagawa, a first-year pre-pharmacy student from Bridgetown. "All paranoia aside, I look forward most to seeing the impact of U.S. investments on the physical and societal landscape of the region."
The group is led by Robert South, an associate professor of geology in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. South has led the study abroad seminar for the past 22 years.
If the world does not end, the students will return home on Dec. 22.