As a foreign language major the most important step in achieving fluency is language immersion. Being immersed in another culture not only allows you to aquire a second language it allows you to gain insight on different cultures around the world. Studying abroad will give me the opportunity to apply what I have learned in real life situations while developing my professional skills. I hope that I get to not only further my Spanish education in Costa Rica but have the opportunity to volunteer to teach English as a second language in schools which is one day what I hope to make a career out of. At the end of my semester abroad I want to come back and encourage others to participate in this amazing opportunity! Pura Vida!