Doing the gap semester has been an experience I will never forget, but while I was doing it I didn’t exactly feel like a normal college student, until this week. Finals week. I got to experience the joy of studying, cramming, and freaking out over finals. I took my Spanish and Society and Culture final and after completing them it felt like a bunch of weight was lifted off my shoulders. It makes me very excited to be on campus next month and experience the whole thing all over again.
I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky. I was sitting on a Costa Rican beach getting a tan on the first day of December. College doesn’t work like that! …Except on the Gap Semester. For the last weekend adventure, our Culture and Society professor took us to the province that we’d been studying for his class, called Limón. We stayed at a hotel near Playa Cahuita. One night, he brought in a Calypso band and a speaker the other. We visited a national reserve during the day on Saturday and I felt it was a very apropos ending to our time there.
The Gap Semester has (pardon the cliché) changed my life. Seriously, though. I feel more cultured, more like the global citizen that we learned about the first day of the program. I feel very honored to be a part of it, especially the very first year. My sincere thanks to everyone who put in a great amount of work to make it possible. That’s all for now, because I’ve got an appointment to get a tattoo on my forehead that says: Gap 2012 Baby, Yeah! …Just kidding.