I studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica for the Spring 2017 semester where I studied conservation biology, climate change issues and Spanish.
I hoped to improve my Spanish conversation skills as well learn more about a different culture, in a developing country. I did this by living with a Costa Rican family and participating in cultural exurcsions througout the semester.
I learned to appreciate the things I have in my life. Those living in developing countries are not as fortunate as we are, and when I returned to the states, I looked at all of my actions in life differently. I learned that I am much more independent than I thought, and that I am capable of reaching any dream I have.
I am now more culturally aware, have a more extensive view and knowledge of the world, as well as a deeper understanding of the beauty that is a part of life.