Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Hindsight: Reasons I Would Have Considered Studying Abroad Somewhere Other Than Costa Rica

As I mentioned in my last post about why I'm glad I studied in Costa Rica, I don't at all regret my decision.  However, there are downsides to every decision, and I'm writing this post so that those who may be considering studying in Costa Rica can see both sides of the coin. The longer… Continue reading Hindsight: Reasons I Would Have Considered Studying Abroad Somewhere Other Than Costa Rica

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Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Reasons I’m Glad I Studied Abroad in Costa Rica

Once I decided I wanted to study abroad in Latin America, my only definite criteria was I wanted to speak a lot of Spanish.  Which narrowed down my choices... not at all. I knew little about the distinct Latin American cultures or differences in accent.  I tried to find lists about the "best" places to study… Continue reading Reasons I’m Glad I Studied Abroad in Costa Rica

Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

Learning a New Language: Not Even Once

I liked learning Spanish.  A lot. Not because it was easy (it wasn't).  Maybe because it's the hardest thing I've ever done.  I'm not a "natural" language learner--if such a thing exists.  Every word I know and every sentence that comes out smoothly when I talk has hundreds, or maybe thousands, of incomprehensible attempts at… Continue reading Learning a New Language: Not Even Once

Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

How to Talk to a Foreign Exchange Student; Part II

A while back, I wrote a post on how to talk to a foreign exchange student.  Since then, it's been my most-read post and the most common search engine terms that brings people to my blog are variations of: "how to befriend the foreign exchange student," "how to make the foreign boy/girl like me," and… Continue reading How to Talk to a Foreign Exchange Student; Part II