All posts by Marissa Olson

Interviewing While Away!

As a 4th year Drexel student I am preparing for my final co-op at Drexel. This will be my third co-op and I’ve been hoping to have a diverse experience than my co-op positions in the past, which was one reason that led me to go into B Round for this co-op cycle. Something else ...

Some Costa Rican History

Something that I think is really great about San José is that there are a number of museums that allow you to learn about Costa Rica. Some of these are the National Museum of Costa Rica, the Pre-Columbian Museum, the Kid’s Museum, the Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Jade Museum. Last week I had ...

Immersion in Costa Rican Communities

A part  of the Healthcare in Latin America program is that each person does work in the community once a week. All of the students in my group are split up and sent to different organizations or a hospital for their work in the community. Some of the people in my group work with developmentally ...

Homestead Experience

To me, the homestead experience is what you make it. If you want to bond with your family, spend time with them after dinner. I think that spending time sitting with your host family also allows you to practice your Spanish and really learn a lot about what it is like to live in Costa ...

How Coffee is Made

I am a huge coffee drinker, so when I found out that I was going to get the chance to learn about how coffee is made I was beyond thrilled. Costa Rica has a large market for coffee, and there are coffee plantations in many different parts of the country. The place where the richest ...

La Luna (The Moon)!

A total lunar eclipse (a blood moon) isn’t something that happens often, and I was lucky enough to see the Total Lunar Eclipse on January 21st in Costa Rica! To me it is amazing how everyone around the world can see this event. It was an absolutely breathtaking view with so many bright stars in ...

La Fortuna- A Place Full of Earth’s Gifts!

Costa Rica is known for a large amount of diversity, with actually 5% of the world’s biodiversity. It is so beautiful, with mountains, trees, different species of animals, volcanos, rivers, and more. This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to a stunning part of the country exhibiting such beautiful biodiversity, La Fortuna, Alajuela. ...

Classes in Costa Rica!

The healthcare in Costa Rica program has been so informational and exciting because it involves learning about a topic that I am really passionate about, healthcare. The classes that I’m taking are Healthcare System in Latin America, Health and Vulnerable Populations in Costa Rica, Economics of Healthcare, and Spanish for Health Sciences. We take classes ...

What to Eat if You Don’t Eat Meat!

Sometimes not eating meat can be difficult when going to certain places or eating at someone’s house. Before going abroad, I was a little worried about what my meals would be like here since I’m pescatarian. I haven’t eaten meat for over a year now, well besides fish, so I wondered what my daily diet ...

Learning How to Get Around in a New City

It is such a great feeling to start to recognize different parts of a new city and ways to get around! I live in Sabanilla, which is in San José. My classes are in different parts of San José, and each day I have to travel around the city. Every Monday and Wednesday morning I ...