Michelle, currently studying abroad on our San Ramón, Costa Rica program, had spent part of her childhood living in Costa Rica, now she’s back reliving old memories and creating new ones.
My mother, Becky Marks, and I spent the Fall Semester of 1998 in Heredia. I had my 8th birthday on a beach in Limon, a place we would visit many times, as well as many others like Manuel Antonio and Arenal. I studied at a private school called Santo Domingo Savio, which relocated in my time there. I remember the place very fondly, and I was certainly blessed to have such generous teachers who let me come and go to the lawn when things became overwhelming. We lived with Astrubal and Rosa Maria and their two teenage boys, forgive me but I don’t remember their last names. It’s funny what a child’s mind retains and passes on. I remember the beaches, the stone spheres, jade green jungles, monkeys and sloths. I remember the taste of chayote and the sound of thunderous rain on the roof. Before my departure my mom and I talked about many of her memories, everyday things that escape me today. I cannot tell you what a joy and an honor it is to be back, some 16 years later, creating new memories and building my senior thesis around the people that do so much for this place. Thank you so much for all you do for me and for students like me. It is truly a privilege and an honor.
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