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A summer in Costa Rica

How many students get the chance to study in an exotic location and immerse themselves in another culture all while earning college credit? Taylor Anderson ‘15 is one of the students at Doane getting that opportunity this summer. A music education major with a Spanish and leadership double minor, Taylor is studying in Costa Rica this summer. Taylor shares all about her experiences, from what she’s learning to all the fun things she’s doing.

Q. Do you have a specific goal for your trip?

A. My goal for this trip is to become more comfortable with my Spanish speaking skills.

Q. What has been one of your best experiences while studying abroad?

A. The best experience so far would have to be going zip lining in the rain forest with some of my friends that I met in Costa Rica.

Q. What is one of the biggest things you’ve learned while on your trip?

A. The biggest thing I have taken away so far would have to be learning how to adapt to different social and economical differences between the U.S. and Costa Rica. Learning to adapt in any environment is crucial in life.

Q. What are some of the differences between living in Costa Rica and the United States?

A. The major differences between the U.S. and Costa Rica would have to be the way that houses are constructed (there are iron gates and fences around every house for security protection). You cannot flush the toilet paper in the toilet because the plumbing cannot break down toilet paper, and you either have to walk, take a cab or a bus to every place you go because driving on the streets is very dangerous because people do not obey traffic laws.

One other thing that is very different is the roles between men and women in Costa Rica. It is very common for men to catcall and whistle at women on the streets. Sometimes it is complimentary, but sometimes it can be very rude and degrading, especially if you are not used to that sort of behavior by men.

Q. Other fun facts?

A. Attending classes is very different because if you miss more than one class, you automatically fail the course. College rules are more strict than in the U.S. and the grading scale is more difficult. Any grade below a 75 is an automatic F on a transcript.

To hear more about Taylor’s trip visit http://studyabroadveritascostarica.com/2013/07/18/the-similarities-and-differences-in-dance-music-between-costa-rica-and-the-united-states-by-taylor-anderson/.