Abroad in Belize
Aug25

Abroad in Belize

Academics: This trip is a little unconventional because it is more of a field-study set up. We are doing research projects that require us to snorkel. My group is observing the behaviors of one species of fish – Sergeant Majors. This is a small-scale ecological study. It gives us a basic idea of the health of the reef because if the Sergeant Majors are not behaving normally, it indicates a larger problem in the reef’s ecosystem. We do...

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From Mountains to Sea Level: Back in the U.S.
Aug18

From Mountains to Sea Level: Back in the U.S.

I’ve now been back in the U.S. for two weeks, and though I was looking forward to spending time with family, it has been an interesting transition. I returned from Peru with an intestinal parasite and haven’t necessarily been living-it-up, but that aside, home has felt different. First and foremost, switching from speaking Spanish 95% of the time for six weeks to English all of the time is a very interesting transition. I...

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Highlights Sometimes Cover Up the Struggles
Aug18

Highlights Sometimes Cover Up the Struggles

The past two weeks I have hiked 9 different Incan and Pre-Incan ruins, I’ve spoken Spanish 90% of the time, and I’ve explored the places and people of Cusco, Peru and the Sacred Valley. All of this has been a wonderful period of growth both academically and personally, but often times my social media and the points which I mention to friends and family are just the highlight real. There are as many lows as highs and it can...

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Living with a Host Family in Cusco, Peru
Aug18

Living with a Host Family in Cusco, Peru

Initially, when I decided to study abroad one of my biggest concerns was the unknown of a host family. The program said we would get our housing assignments about two weeks before our program date. I did get the information as promised, but the information was an address, the host family’s last name, and a picture of the inside common room – thus it did very little to quell my concerns. My flight arrived at 5 am and I was...

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Coming home from Peru!
Jul13

Coming home from Peru!

Now that I am back home, I realized I was taking so much for granted. This trip was amazing and stressful all in the same time. Our original trip was to Nicaragua and we changed the location last minute due to violent protests in Nicaragua. Due to the recent change, our Peru trip was more of an adaptable experience. As a student facilitator of the trip, I was stressed to make sure that everything fell into place. But when I got back,...

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UA in Belize: First Impressions
Jun27

UA in Belize: First Impressions

Upon arrival to the Belize City Airport, I was nervous to go through customs, as this was my first time ever leaving the United States. A group of students on the trip with me gathered and helped me fill out the customs form and this made me less nervous. After going through customs which was actually quite easy, I picked up my luggage and headed outside to find my faculty instructor and most of the students from the course waiting...

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