CAS '19 Sophia Simon

SA: CIEE Monteverde
GRIP: Intern in Ecuador

Programs Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): CIEE Monteverde, Costa Rica

  • Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP): Galapagos Education and Research Alliance Intern in Ecuador

Ask me about...

  • Being able to take classes in the field

  • Doing an independent research project in Biology

  • Living in a research station

  • Living with a homestay family

My Experience Abroad:

The abroad program I participated in was targeted towards Biology students, and therefore not only had Biology coursework but also immense amounts of learning in the field. I also had the chance to complete a research project in Biology in my time abroad, which directly correlates to my major in Biology at Penn.

Other Highlights:

  • Walking through Corcovado National Park and being exposed to completely new biodiversity

  • Presenting my research project on antibiotic resistance in soil near leafcutter ant nests at our research symposium

  • Living with a homestay family and being able to share their culture

  • Living in the research station and being able to walk through the cloud forest during free time

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