This will be a graduate student’s perspective on a short research sojourn to the Arctic. Furthermore, it is the narrative of a climate modeler in training, used to sitting at the computer, who is being given the opportunity to try out field work. I’ll be doing a number of things that are new to me: driving a snow mobile, drilling ice cores, doing a little lab work, and wearing more warm clothing than has ever been required of me. In the realm of personal development, I will have to deal with my fear of bears (polar bears are the biggest kind!), and reconcile burning so much carbon to travel the distance required to study climate in Svalbard. I’ll be with a couple other Americans from the University of Washington as guests at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Longyearbjen for about 10 days in late April.