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T-12 days!!

I cannot believe I have less than three weeks left before I leave for Heredia! I have many mixed emotions. I cannot wait for the new experiences and memories that are inevitable but I am dreading the goodbyes to my family and friends. I have already said goodbye to many of my friends who are going back to school. Leaving my family and friends has definitely been the hardest part so far.

I know I am very lucky to have the opportunity to embark on this new adventure and I don’t want to take a single moment for granted! These are some of the things that I want to do abroad before I come back to the United States:

  1. Visit a coffee plantation (I have a huge addiction to coffee!!)
  2. Visit a butterfly garden
  3. Rescue sea turtles
  4. Zip-line!
  5. Visit a rainforest

There are so many things that I want to experience while abroad and hopefully I’ll be able to! The IFSA-Butler staff has been extremely helpful in sending out pre-departure information that has answered all of my questions. It’s a stressful time getting ready to study abroad and I feel like my to-do list never shortens. I know that this is just the monotonous part that is necessary to have a successful experience abroad. I’m reading a lot about the Costa Rican culture and getting more and more excited and anxious. Here are some things that I’m a little nervous about:

  1. The bugs. I HATE bugs more than anything in the world and I’ve seen some pretty sick pictures of some creepy crawlers common in Costa Rica
  2. The food. I’m not that picky of an eater but I’m a little apprehensive of eating anything with a face.
  3. My host family. I don’t know who they are yet and they are going to be a major part of my experience.
  4. Speaking Spanish 24/7. This will be the biggest adjustment. I’ve taken Spanish all throughout high school and college but I still don’t feel prepared. The intensive Spanish courses during orientation are supposed to be extremely beneficial so hopefully that will ease my nerves! (and orientation is in Monteverde…how sweet is that??)
  5. Staying healthy. I don’t get sick too often but hopefully I’ll be able to find time to exercise.
  6. Classes at UNA. They’re in Spanish and I haven’t registered yet. However, there is a tutoring program available to IFSA-Butler students so I know that if I do struggle, there is a support group available.

All of the anxiety I feel is common. Later I’ll let you know how these things work out. In the mean time, I’m going to keep shopping for my new Costa Rican wardrobe (not complaining about that!), and reading up on all Costa Rica has to offer! T- 12 days till departure!!


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