A Quarter Century Addendum

Potato Chips for the Mind

However, I don't exactly read a Shakespeare play every week these days.  I still enjoy his work, just as I enjoy Victor Hugo, and other Real Literature, but usually in short spurts.  Books and plays like those aren't always page-turning lose-yourself-in-another-world stories.

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Chapter 5: How to Grow Roots

Looking for My Keys; How I Adapt to Living in a New Place

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.

Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

Not to Mistake Nostalgia for Homesickness

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

Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

Someone Did Me a Great Disservice by Telling Me an English Major Would Be Useless

*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

Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

I’m a Senior in College, and I’m Surviving

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

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