I never thought I’d be studying abroad my freshmen year, but when opportunities present themselves, it’s best to grab the bull by the horns. In this first semester of college, I’ve really come to appreciate that you can’t be afraid to try something new. You never know what you might learn in the process.
That’s the mindset I need to navigate through this two-week adventure.
I know my journalistic abilities will be tested in Costa Rica. I hope that through those challenges, my mind will be pried open to the difficulties, issues, beauty, culture and knowledge that thrives in Costa Rica. My reporting will be better if I am fully immersed in the moment.
That immersion involves appreciation for critters for which I don’t have much affection: insects, spiders, snakes. The first step to appreciation is understanding the purpose each thing, in this case, creature, has and its place in the big picture.
In the grand scheme of things, I’m just an inexperienced 18-year-old. I’ll learn though, that I too, have a role to play in the thriving ecology and country of Costa Rica.