Katelyn in Costa Rica

Katelyn is a sophomore Hunt Scholar and Meadows Scholar, and a member of the University Honors Program, who is majoring in journalism in Meadows School of the Arts and Spanish in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with a minor in political science. During summer 2012, she is participating in SMU-in-Costa Rica, where she’s hoping to improve her Spanish skills and immerse herself in the culture.

Magical Manuel Antonio

It’s hard to believe that we only have a week left in beautiful Costa Rica! It will be especially difficult to leave after falling in love with the pristine beaches of Manuel Antonio, a definite contender for the top five most beautiful places in the world. We were given last weekend free to explore the country. We had countless options to consider: Should we go to the rain forest? Venture to the mountains? But we knew we couldn’t leave Costa Rica without seeing the beach. We asked around and all the locals told us to head to Manuel Antonio, a national park in the town of Quepos on the Pacific coast. Right after classes on Thursday, all ten [...]

2012-06-13T22:33:20+00:00 June 13th, 2012|Katelyn in Costa Rica|

A trip among the trees

No trip to Costa Rica is complete without experiencing the marvels of the rain forest. And there’s no better way to experience it than flying high among the trees in the luscious canopy. This weekend, we went to the volcano Arenal, which is one of the most perfectly formed and majestic volcanoes on earth. Arenal sits in a thick rain forest, where we spent a day being Tarzan and swinging from tree to tree. I had tried a zip-line in summer camp, but this wasn’t the average 30-second ride. The course included nine zip-lines, which crisscrossed expansive valleys and weaved between trees. Some of the rides were really long, so long that you could reach the velocity of a speeding [...]

2012-06-07T15:01:16+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Katelyn in Costa Rica|

¡Viva Heredia!

We’ve been keeping ourselves busy here with new Costa Rican friends and countless excursions. Last weekend, we got to experience what many consider to be the epitome of Central American culture: fútbol. Last Saturday, we woke up really early to make the trip to Guápiles to see Heredia’s team face Santos in the Costa Rican national championship game. The national fútbol championship here is equivalent to the Super Bowl in the U.S. So, needless to say, everyone from Heredia was extremely excited to see their team make it to the finals. We went to the final with some of our new Costa Rican friends and a director of our program here. But it wasn’t like a game in [...]

2012-05-29T22:24:04+00:00 May 26th, 2012|Katelyn in Costa Rica|

Pura Vida

Katelyn is a sophomore Hunt Scholar and Meadows Scholar who is majoring in journalism in Meadows School of the Arts and Spanish in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with a minor in political science. During summer 2012, she is participating in SMU-in-Costa Rica, where she’s hoping to improve her Spanish skills and immerse herself in the culture.

2012-05-24T16:50:36+00:00 May 24th, 2012|Katelyn in Costa Rica|