Mitch Parma: Costa Rica

Honors Students away from campus for study abroad, co-ops, or internships are encouraged to write about their experiences to share them with the Honors community. In the post below, junior biomedical sciences major Mitch Parma ’17 relates the breadth of his experience this fall in the Costa Rica Biomedical Science Semester (CRiBS) at the TAMU Soltis Center for Research and Education.

By Mitch Parma

I remember before coming on this study abroad trip, I was advised to come up with a succinct, 5-minute response to the inevitable questions that would be asked by my friends and family back in the United States: “How was studying abroad in Costa Rica?”

Of course, my initial response would consist of a long string of trite sayings such as “It was incredible!” or “I learned so much!” or the even more overused “I can’t even put it into words!” The truth is that I can’t completely put my experiences into words. But 106 days worth of adventure isn’t supposed to be summed up into a convenient half-page paragraph. It would leave out too many of the crucial details, and the summation of these details is what makes my study abroad experience so spectacular.

In order to fully understand the impact this experience has had on me, more time and maturity are required on my part. But circumventing the question “How was Costa Rica?” would be a cop-out, and this question demands an answer, so I would respond my simply playing this video journal that captures the highlights of every single day¬. It includes all of our adventures, from the times we visited hospitals, took nature walks in the tropical forests, and white-water rafted, to the times we simply ate meals, studied, and lived life together. Truly every day was an adventure in itself!

Follow this link to see the video Mitch created documenting his experience: https://vimeo.com/149450313.

To learn more about the Costa Rica Biomedical Science Semester, visit http://vetmed.tamu.edu/international-programs/study-abroad-courses/bims-costa-rica.

2015 CRiBS students (left to right): Chase Nuñez, Brittany Witt, David Westra, Elizabeth Crowling, Andy Castro, Emily Bradin, Alex Villarreal, Mitch Parma, Jackie Parker, Katelyn Goodroe, Heather McCraw, Sarah Teo, Tori Van Wart, Dr. Musser.
2015 CRiBS students (left to right):
Chase Nuñez, Brittany Witt, David Westra, Elizabeth Crowling, Andy Castro, Emily Bradin, Alex Villarreal, Mitch Parma, Jackie Parker, Katelyn Goodroe, Heather McCraw, Sarah Teo, Tori Van Wart, Dr. Musser.
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