As this study abroad trip comes to an end, I can’t help but feel a pinch of sadness and guilt. Sad because I’m not ready to leave the wonderful people I’ve met here and this beautiful country. Guilt because I wish I had spent my time more wisely and explored even more than I have already done. Three months goes by fast—trust me when I say that. It feels like it was just a few weeks ago when I tried my first casado dish, bought my first Tico phone, and unpacked my suitcase. I feel like there are so many things that I wanted to do that I wasn’t able to get done. So much remains and feels unfinished. But, I guess that’s a good thing because that means I will be coming back. Oh, I will definitely be coming back for you, Costa Rica.

It has been quite a roller coaster of a trip, and let me just say, it wasn’t easy coming to a new country not knowing anyone, not knowing the culture, and barely knowing the language. There were definitely barriers I had to overcome, but I can truly say that it added to my experience and made me a stronger person both mentally and emotionally. Studying abroad really changes your life. I know that may sound extremely cliché, but I’m not joking when I say this. It’s hard to explain in words how much you gain out of such an experience, but I can definitely say without a doubt that it has changed my outlook on life and changed me as a person. I have become a more independent and fearless woman. I have learned to be comfortable in my own skin. And most importantly, I have learned to really seize each moment of each day, because this time isn’t coming back.

Thank you Costa Rica for such an amazing time and rest assured that I will be coming back for you, because I certainly will. I may have been brought up in the States, but a piece of my heart will always remain in Costa Rica.

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