Our last day of field excavation was June 25, and it brought a bittersweet feeling to me. I still wanted to excavate, but at the same time I missed home.
I would definitely recommend students to have a field experience before graduating. The only way a student will find out if they really want to work in the field in the future is to have an experience like this. Fieldwork is completely different than being in a classroom, and the only way students will truly understand is if they experience it themselves. Faculty benefit from these opportunities, too. The faculty will be able to learn from student experiences and fine tune future field schools by receiving feedback from their students.