Costa Rica Independence Day!

Traditional dancers in the parade

Today, on September 15 is the independence day celebration for Costa Rica!  We did not have classes scheduled this morning because there was a parade in town.  The parade was said to start at 9 am, but of course everything runs on “tico” time so it started around 9:30.  When we were dropped off at [...] Read More


Scholars get advice from Professor Binnington

I’ve written on the topic of non-traditional students before, since that is one of the terms used to describe me. As a third-year ACA Sheridan scholar, I’m hoping to serve as a guide and mentor to those who are following in my footsteps. This year there are five scholars attending, including myself. We met recently [...] Read More

Poás Volcano

Beautiful landscape view at the national park

Instead of going to multiple places in one day like our last trip the plan was to stay in one spot this time.  We headed to see the largest volcano/crater in Costa Rica: La Poás.  The upsetting part was that we did not actually SEE the volcano.  It was too cloudy in the morning and [...] Read More

Second Excursion Trip!

One of the crocodiles we came across in La Taracola River

Today has been pretty packed!  Today we headed out to THREE different places and each one was different, but similar in the same way.  Today we were taught about environmental externalities within Costa Rica.  The professors each had their own lecture at each different location.  They explained waste water management on local watersheds and rivers, [...] Read More


Me circa September 2013 - Headed to the airport.

Original Post Date: Friday, July 4, 2014 When you prepare to go abroad they tell you that it will be a “once in a lifetime experience”, that you’ll make amazing friends from all over the world and that you will have a “life changing adventure”. To be honest, I vastly underestimated the change I would face [...] Read More

Enjoying the High Life


Original Post Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 Well my dear family and friends, it’s been quite some time since I last updated you on my life here in Japan and as I currently have less than 2 months left in my new homeland I thought I would let you know what I’ve been up to! [...] Read More

Golden Week: Trip to Kamakura


Original Post Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014 Greetings Family and Friends! The past 2-ish weeks or so have been a part of a special holiday in Japan called “Golden Week” where there are several holidays in a row so that many students (and workers) take the time off to go and travel with family and [...] Read More

Time for a Change!


Original Post Date: Monday, May 5, 2014 Well, as very few people know I went to get my hair cut yesterday. And when I say cut I really mean I got it cut… . I.realize that many people won’t like what I did with my hair but I just want to make it perfectly clear [...] Read More

Just Your Average Day at Keio


Original Post Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 Curious about what I did this Friday? Well, here’s a basic run down of everything that happened! I started the day as I usually do by waking up around 7:30, showering and getting ready and then heading down to breakfast around 8:00AM or so. The weather has been [...] Read More

Living in Passion


Original Post Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 If living in Japan has taught me anything over the past several months it’s that you can never wait for it to be the “right time” to try something new. In waiting for adventure we will forever be attacked by the new and unexpected and in our need [...] Read More