So if you're feeling lonely and disconnected a few months into college, study abroad, your new job in that city, or an idyllic llama ranch in Peru, there's nothing wrong with you. You didn't miss anything crucial. Roots just take time to grow.
My university career has been divided quite sharply into distinct eras: The Year of Freshman Shenanigans, The Year of RA Shenanigans, The Year of Study Abroad Chaos, and now The Year of I Think I'm an Adult (tentatively titled since I'm only halfway through). As the names suggest, my Costa Rica year kind of threw… Continue reading Not to Mistake Nostalgia for Homesickness
*I'm not on my own computer as I post this, so enjoy this pretty Costa Rica sunset photo I happened to have in my Dropbox and pretend it's relevant. As much as I love literature, I never considered becoming an English major until now, in the first semester of my senior year. It's a bit… Continue reading Someone Did Me a Great Disservice by Telling Me an English Major Would Be Useless
My mom no longer prods me to post--probably because I'm in the same country with her. As it happens, though, some of my Tico friends have expressed concern as to if I'm still alive since I don't facebook/skype/post much anymore. It's funny, because one thing that kept me going in Costa Rica, especially in the… Continue reading I’m a Senior in College, and I’m Surviving
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
A few posts back, I determined I found the "pura vida" and decided it's time to either stop the blog or turn it down a new path. I've chosen door number two for now, so that's the reason for the new blog title. As for the meaning of the title itself, as you may have… Continue reading Starting a New Chapter; The Road Not Taken
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