This is a first of a series of blog posts I’ll create about my travels throughout Costa Rica for the next four months.

Check out the rest here.

"Preparation, flexibility keys to beginning journey" on IFSA-Butler's blog

Studying abroad was always something I knew I needed to do, but I never thought it would be this hard.

Take packing, by far the hardest part of predeparture shenanigans. It’s not just the logistics of fitting everything needed (and nothing more) for five months in two suitcases and a backpack.

But there’s also emotional baggage to unpack.

Read the full story here.