Learning new things
Aug01

Learning new things

A study abroad program that’s only three weeks long seems very short. It doesn’t seem like you would get a lot out of it. However, my experience in Belize learning about reef systems and conservation management truly taught me a lot. I also learned a lot about myself. Field experiences truly helped me see how what I learn in the classroom can apply in real life. My goal was to learn about regional and environmental planning. In my...

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Going without expectations
Aug01

Going without expectations

Study abroad is a great opportunity to learn something different. Studying abroad has been a big part of my university experience. I have gone twice already, both times to China. My focus has always been on language-learning. This time, I’m doing something different. I will be participating in a field experience in Belize and learning about conservation through the first-hand experience. I am very excited but also nervous. My goal...

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Class on the Beach
Aug01

Class on the Beach

I have always loved learning, but being in school can somethings make that hard. I’m a senior and reflecting on all those years in school, classwork, homework, assigned readings can all seem like busywork. They take seem to make learning a chore. It’s really hard to see why you’re doing all this work. So, having this field experience for my last class undergraduate class ever has been a breath of fresh air. This trip is about the...

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Returning Home
Apr26

Returning Home

Trying to comprehend how 4 months swiftly passed me by is mind boggling, yet beautiful. My time in Mexico cannot be explained in the way that I want because it opened the door for me to reach new heights and achieve things I never thought I would achieve. I am actually excited to be home, simply because of what was produced during my time in Mexico. I understand that it is now time to hit the ground running with what I achieved....

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Coming Home from Costa Rica

After two months abroad in Costa Rica, I am finally back home in the states. When I saw my family for the first time in the airport, I was definitely happy to see them, but it was also bittersweet. The trip had never felt officially over until that moment, and I already missed it. The experience that I had on my study abroad trip was incredible and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I will never forget the things that I learned and the...

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Second Chance in Mexico
Feb27

Second Chance in Mexico

When I arrived to Mexico, I immediately became overwhelmed with good emotions. I shed a few tears and expressed boundless gratitude for where I am because it is not often that you get to return to places where you once failed, only to be set on a path to succeed. I felt at home, at peace, and a belonging that has been waiting for my arrival. I spent the first two weeks attending Spanish class to better prepare me for my internship in...

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