by Catricia Morris
High: My month of December was split between my last two weeks in Costa Rica and my first two weeks back at home. I would say my high of the month was getting to come home and see all of my family. This semester was the longest period of time that I have spent away from home and seeing my family after four and a half months was wonderful. When I arrived home I felt an enormous sense of pride – I did it. I spent a semester abroad and had a really positive experience. I am really proud of myself and that is a great feeling.
Low: Leaving all of the people I met in Costa Rica. Saying goodbye to my class, my host family, and the other interns was incredibly difficult. Its strange to think about the fact that I have just spent almost five months with these great people and I probably won’t ever see them again. Throughout my last couple of weeks in Costa Rica I felt really torn between being excited to go home and sad to leave. However, my emotions towards leaving helped me realize how valuable my experience really was. Although I questioned my decision to go abroad a few times throughout the semester, ultimately I am glad that I went and I know that it is an experience I will never forget.
Glitter: Honestly, my glitter is probably eating whatever I want. I enjoyed the food in Costa Rica, but it ended up being a lot of rice and beans, and since being home I have enjoyed getting to have a wider variety of choices when it comes to food. I’ve realized that it’s the little things that I appreciate most about being home.
Catricia Morris is currently a junior at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. This semester she is studying abroad in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Throughout her four months there she will be taking Spanish classes and working at one of the local bilingual schools as a student teacher in a kindergarten classroom.