My SMU Summer

By Katherine Boomer

kboomer@smu.edu

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful summer before your senior year! As prospective students, I thought that you might be interested in knowing what an SMU incoming junior might do with his or her summer, so here goes :)
I spent six weeks in Costa Rica with SMU Abroad, living with a wonderful “tican” family. During the week I went to classes taught by Costa Rican professors at La Universidad Nacional and spent time getting to know my family. They were so welcoming and kind, and some of the highlights of my trip include when we would just sit and talk for hours, watch soccer, or play Jenga, not realizing how much time was going by. On weekends I had lots of adventures with the other students. I went to a rain forest, the beach, a coffee plantation (where I had one of the world’s top 10 best cups of coffee) and one of the world’s most active volcanoes! My favorite “adventure” moment was when ziplining at Monteverde Cloud Forest because at one point, it was so cloudy that we could not see anything around us except mist, and just when I started to panic, the sky opened up to reveal the breathtaking forest below. Overall, I grew so much as a person and a spanish speaker by going to Costa, and I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to go on this trip.
After returning to California, I worked at Nordstrom for a few weeks and next thing I knew I was back on campus to be a Mustang Corral leader (for those of you who don’t know, Corral is our retreat for the incoming freshmen class). Now here I am back at SMU, anticipating the best year yet. Pony up, y como dicen los ticos, ¡pura vida!

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