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Alexis Pozonsky: Reflections

When you’re growing up, you have this idea that time moves slowly. Nothing ever moves fast enough. You’re continually asking “are we there yet?!” to your parents’ horror and annoyance. At least for me, I spent most of my childhood itching to get out, to explore, to see what else the world had in store ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Lessons Learned

There is so much that my time in Costa Rica has taught me. Both in and out of class, I have been able to broaden my mindset simply by being here and engaging myself with my surroundings. If there is anything I will take away from this semester, it’s the importance of the environment. Even ...

Alexis Pozonsky: In 2 weeks time…

In 2 weeks time I will be home, in Philadelphia, trying to brave the cold and assimilate myself back into the “American” way of life. But, as I know from experience, it will not be easy. Returning from Madrid after my first study abroad experience was probably harder than the entire study abroad experience itself. ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Theater of the Oppressed – Costa Rica

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to go to Universidad Nacional in Heredia acnd attend the final presentation of a theater class which is actively using Theater of the Oppressed techniques. Before I came to Costa Rica, I became very interested in this type of theater. Pioneered in the early 1950’s by Brazilian Agosto ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Should I stay or should I go?

There comes a time in most every study abroad student’s life when they have to ponder this one essential question “should I stay or should I go?” This question comes up most often towards the end of one’s study abroad experience, when money is running low, but elusive and alluring places still remain unexplored. Should ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Playa Sámara

So, if my posts haven’t convinced you enough by now, I’m just going to come right out and say it – the places to be in Costa Rica, the places you really need to explore to understand this idea of pura vida are NOT found in the cities. These magical places that really represent Tico ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Nicaragua (Part 2)

The rest of the trip was far less depressing and actually quite inspiring. Friday morning we awoke bright and early to make our way to Masaya Volcano! It was my first time ever visiting a volcano, so I cannot stress how EXCITED I was!! The volcano itself is currently dormant but there is an active ...

Alexis Pozonsky: Nicaragua (Part 1)

Wow… What a stunning country. From the landscapes to the people to the history flowing from the land, I will truly never forget our voyage to this magical place. This past weekend, our program organized a trip to Nicaragua. While it was obviously organized for our benefit, it was also partially organized to get us ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Culture Shock (Part 2)

Let’s address the white rhino in the room… This post might be more appropriately named “Program Shock,” but we’ll just go with Culture Shock for now. Even though we only have about four weeks left in the program, I’m still struggling to adjust and negotiate to the ICDS program. To sum it up in one ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Culture Shock (Part 1)

Culture shock is 100% real and if anyone has told you that when in a foreign country they haven’t felt SOME form of anxiety or frustration during their stay, they’re either lying to you or are an alien. For some background info, culture shock was classified as a mental disorder back in the 1960’s. Culture ...