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New place, new me… maybe?

I arrived in Philadelphia a few days before the term started so I could get settled in, and from the second I landed, it felt like I had ended up in one of the many American movies I have watched. My first impression of the city was that it was a lot more diverse than ...

Host Living in Costa Rica

Hola mi gente! Before coming, one of the biggest questions I was asked was, “So where are you staying?”. As for this program, instead of living in dorms or in solo apartments, we lived with host families. Every student had their own separate family to live with, but we were all in the same general ...

How My Study Abroad Changed My View of My Academic Path

Before I got to study abroad, I was the most persnickety student I knew. The CCI building was my morning, afternoon, and evening; the library during finals week was my haven, and devotion like that came with good grades, but at the expense of my social life and basically any frivolities that a college student deserves. Very ...

Tips and Tricks for Costa Rican Transportation

In my previous blog I left off talking about the many fun and culturally informative travels that I did with ICDS. Which I don’t think I ever said what ICDS was, but it stands for International Center for Developmental Studies and is the company that Drexel is partnered with to allow us to study in ...

Last Week – Trip to DC

The last week of Winter term is coming, with some final school work to be done. Though it is a busy season of the year for many students, I decided to give myself some quality time to relax and enjoy the beauty of early spring; a trip to Washington DC! Because it was an impromptu ...

Last week of classes

This week was the final week of classes for my first quarter in Drexel. My first term has flown here and I look forward to getting a week off classes. The terms over here are a lot longer than in my home institution. As Drexel is a quarterly university, college goes all year round consisting ...

A reflection on my past two months in Philly

It is the final week of Winter Term. This is going to be my last blog entry, and I feel like it is a good time to do some review and reflection on my two and a half months in Drexel. As a medical student, I did not have the chance to learn things outside ...

An Overview of my Program Field Trips

The best part about being in a study abroad program is the new friends that I have made. A close second, however, would definitely be the program-sponsored field trips that I have had the opportunity to take. These field trips have been fully sponsored by the International Center for Developmental Studies and I have learned ...

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Culture, its truly shocking

Buenas todos, today I’m gonna be discussing culture shock and how I’ve experienced it during my time here in Costa Rica. Culture shock is a common and expected concept that an individual will experience when living in a different country for any period of time — especially a three month study abroad trip; it can ...

Weekend Trips in Costa Rica

Now that I only have a week left, I thought I would compile all of the weekend trips that I have taken here in Costa Rica! Monteverde Monteverde was such a gorgeous introduction to all of the biodiversity that Costa Rica offers. I stayed in a hostel room with a couple of other people from ...