Officially a Tica
Oh my gosh, y’all, where has the time gone? I don’t even have two months left in here in Costa Rica. It feels like just yesterday I struggled to find a taxi from the airport and started the scariest, craziest, best adventure. I finally got my Costa Rican visa today so that I can stay for the next two months, and it has got me thinking about how I don’t want to go. Since I’m a little more than half way through my time here, I thought now might be a good time to share some of the things I’ve been learning along the way (in no particular order).
College is hard no matter where you go. Yep, sad but true. Class is class. Papers are papers. Sometimes I get caught up in all the wonderfulness that is Costa Rica and forget that I’m here to go to school too. It takes a lot of work to be a Costa Rican student, but vale la pena! (it’s worth it!)
Costa Rican Netflix is better. It’s the best! Not that I spend a ton of time watching Netflix because, well, I’m in Costa Rica. But when I do have a chill night in with no homework and my host mom goes to bed at eight o’clock, I’ve got so many great options right at my fingertips.
Say yes to the cafecito. Ticos like coffee. A lot. And at any given time of the day, they might offer you a “cafecito” which means a little cup of coffee. It’s delicious, so why not?
Traveling on your own teaches you so much about yourself. Before I got to Costa Rica, I didn’t know a single person that I was going to be spending the semester with here. I had a very basic knowledge of the country, and an intermediate knowledge of the language. From day one, I had no choice but to make new friends, learn new things, and try my best to understand and speak Spanish. This situation has forced me to learn more than I could have imagined. I became really close with most of the people in my program pretty quickly because we spent so much time together and were dealing with the same things. Sometimes it’s hard having such a small group and sharing so much, but it’s taught me how to be a better friend. The culture shock has shown me the things in the US that I am really attached to, and it’s taught me how to live without them and become stronger because of it. This experience has been showing me the things about myself that make me successful and the things that weigh me down that I need to change, and I think that I’ll be a better person in the future because of it.
Thanks for reading! ¡Pura vida!