My study abroad experience in Costa Rica is quickly coming to an end after almost four months! Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I love sharing my experience! These are a few things I wish I knew before going abroad… It is scary! Moving to another country is terrifying. The first few weeks were very strange. You soon learn to find your rhythm and routine. Just remember your family and friends are only a phone call away. Culture shock is very…

Studying abroad with CEA has been an incredible experience. I have grown as an individual, future healthcare provider, and as a student. CEA’s slogan is “Learn your potential” has been my motto throughout the past three months. I have done things that I never thought that I would and overcome many fears. Become Independent! This was the first time that I have ever traveled out of the country without my parents. At first, I was very overwhelmed. I could do whatever I wanted! But what did I want…

Before I came to Costa Rica, I did not know what to expect. I knew that my daily routine and habits would change once I went abroad. I start my days with breakfast which is always very healthy! Then I get ready for class and walk to Veritas Universidad. I have an intensive Spanish class for four hours a day! The Spanish class I am taking now is directed towards students who are interested in a career in the medical field. I have learned how to take a…

Studying abroad with CEA has been a great experience so far. They offer many different activities that allow students to get acquainted to and embrace a new culture. Each month there is a different culture immersion activity that heightens students’ understanding of their host country. My favorite activities are the weekend excursions planned by CEA. This past weekend I traveled with over forty other students from CEA to Arenal, Costa Rica for three days. This weekend included many different activities including an Oxcart tour, a waterfall, hot springs,…

  Studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica has been an incredible experience so far! CEA has given me many opportunities to get the most out of my study abroad experience through activities such as volunteering. The local hospital in downtown San Jose, Hospital Nacional de Niños, allows students to volunteer during the week. To participate in this program, it is necessary to have an intermediate Spanish speaking ability and to volunteer for at least three hours per week. I was very excited when I heard about this…

I started to research study abroad options during my fall semester of sophomore year. I have never been able to resist my wanderlust and urge to collect countries. Therefore, the thought of living in a different culture was so appealing. Here I am, a year later living in Costa Rica and beginning my four-month adventure! Come with me as I reflect on my first two weeks abroad! First Few Days Packing is not one of my best qualities so fitting four months of clothes in two suitcases was…

So, you’re almost ready to make your trip, but are you packing the right things? This is a list of the items that I brought and those I wish I’d brought/ hadn’t and why it was useful or not.  I packed 1 suitcase and 1 backpack and packed another bag for travel and souvenirs, I hope this helps! What I wish I brought Another towel- our homestay didn’t have towels, an extra one could really come in handy More sunscreen- it is hot near the beaches, and the…

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I have just 23 days left in this beautiful country. It’s a bit rainy on this Thursday morning. With my semester abroad coming to a rapid close, I reflect on my time and, of course, give many thanks to this piece of my life. Thank you, Mama Tica! I have loved my Mama Tica from the day I met her. She has provided a wonderful homestay with open arms and, to this day, I can’t get over just how loving and caring she has been. She has made…

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It’s autumn, the leaves have turned shades of red and brown; some have already shed from the trees. The mountains of New England are a beautiful sight for the highway traveler and the air is crisp. Starbucks cups have gone red and pumpkin spice is king once again. A cup of hot chocolate warms my hand as I sit in the bleachers. The “Boys of Fall” take the field. Ah, but I am not in New England this year, I don’t have a chilly red nose or a snuggly…

  Well, this is it. I have a couple more weeks in paradise, until I make the flight back home to the United States. Every day I wake up, it still blows my mind how I am still in Costa Rica. I just passed the three-month mark, but going over the rules of the house seems like it happened yesterday. Here’s how studying abroad has absolutely changed my life. Let’s go back to that first day, when I arrived in Costa Rica. One of my ultimate goals was…