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UGA Costa Rica - Maymester Tropical Ecology : Testimonials (La Selva)

The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Final Reflection Questions
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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I made great new friends on this trip, and loved learning about the Costa Rican culture and how they relate to the natural world. I got to practice my spanish, eat great food, and learn about one of the most biodiverse and beautiful places on Earth.
— Catherine Miller, Maymester 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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This is an extremely hard question to answer. The most significant take away for me was probably the overwhelming importance of the entire ecosystem, and how diverse it is. It blew my mind that one country could contain so many types of habitats, and I was amazed at the diversity of everything really.
— Elizabeth Potter, Maymester 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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I think one of my biggest take-aways was that I can push myself and get out of my comfort zone. This meant traveling in a country where I didn't speak the language and researching organisms that I had never even heard of before.
— Hayley Schroeder, Maymester 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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To respect other's culture and the area you visit.
— Taylor Thomas, Maymester 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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HANDS ON LEARNING. It is so much better than sitting in a classroom. I learned more on my trip in a month than I do in a whole semester sitting in the same classroom three days a week.
— Katie Maddox, Maymester 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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It helped me understand how to conduct independent research, which I hadn't had much experience in previously. It also forced me to separate myself from friends and family (and the internet) and really focus on what was around me, as well as talk to and get to know the people I was with.
— Cecilia Nachtmann, Maymester 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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The Maymester gave me a new appreciation for our natural world and reinforced my passion for conservation and environmental protection. Living, researching, and learning within this immersive environment for 3 weeks really reinforced everything I learned. I will remember all the plants, insects, and birds I saw there for a while, but the sights, sounds, and smells of the country will be with me even longer.
— Galen Xiang, Maymester 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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Do it. You'll meet so many like minded people and come home with twenty or so new best friends. You gain experiences that you would not be able to get in Athens or at any home university. Being woken up by howler monkeys every morning is something you'll never forget.
— Katie Maddox, Maymester 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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DO IT! This program was an amazing experience and there is so much to learn about the natural world that you could never even imagine without going.
— Sophia Sanders, Maymester 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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This trip definitely has sparked a desire in me to seek further international travels. It was out of my field, so it did not have as much of an impact on my career plans as it did on personal aspects of my life.
— Ka'Necia Martin, Maymester 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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The experience took me out of the traditional classroom which was a nice break from the traditional lecture setting. This experience helped broaden my perspective and looks great ony resume.
— Catherine Miller, Maymester 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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This experience proved to me that I belong in a tropical place. I hope to study marine science and end up researching sharks off a tropical coast, and I could certainly see myself on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica!
— Elizabeth Potter, Maymester 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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This trip definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities of travel. It also further confirmed in my mind that I want to pursue a career in research and ecology.
— Hayley Schroeder, Maymester 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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I learned a lot about endangered species and now I'm considering going into conservation.
— Taylor Thomas, Maymester 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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I grew a lot as a person in terms of personal and cultural awareness. This trip confirmed my determination and desire to live and work in Central or South America in future.
— Grace Ingham, Maymester 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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I made valuable relationships on this trip that will help me in the future as I apply for graduate school and post grad employment.
— Katie Maddox, Maymester 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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It influenced me to add a second major in ecology! There is so much world to learn about - CR was just the beginning!
— Sophia Sanders, Maymester 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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Learning about how Costa Rica's government and people have adapted and assimilated the rain forest into part of their identity reinforces my career goal of going into environmental policy. I believe decisions regarding land use and conservation of ecosystems, and how humans choose to interact with our environment, will be increasingly important as development and climate change become bigger in the future.
— Galen Xiang, Maymester 2017