Why You Shouldn’t Go to the Gym

I know. Jasmine, the gym has so many benefits. You stay fit, stay active, meet new people, etc., etc. You shouldn’t go to the gym if you are vulnerable to comparison. Let me explain. Living in a college town it’s obvious when people are comparing themselves. There is this competition that consumes your life and... Continue Reading →

Acai Bowls | SOHO Juice Co.

My first impression of acai bowls was that it was an L.A. thing. You know, some hipster trend that became popular when gym and yoga goers started barring them in their hands. I decided to give acai bowls a try because who wouldn't want to spend $11.99 on chopped fruit that you can easily prepare... Continue Reading →

Tips for Resumes

Before you click away because facing the professional world is dangerous, I have some questions for you: Do you have a resume? Have you gotten it reviewed? If you said no to one of these questions, then, this may help you. A resume is the Sparknotes to who you are. Generally, resumes get 15-30 seconds... Continue Reading →


Have you ever found yourself seeing other people and associating them with other people from the past? Oh, that looks like so-and-so... But, they are not that person. They never will be. A stranger cannot surmount to familiarity, especially if you never approach them. Feelings of nostalgia are feelings of longing. Feelings of how things... Continue Reading →

Literary Backlash

Have you ever been instant messaging someone only to get a read receipt and nothing more? Sucks. Doesn’t it. I messaged someone in July and I’m still waiting for a response. I met him once, and that was when he served on an involvement panel for my class. Even still, I have his more than... Continue Reading →

Monteverde 3

The morning I was scheduled to bungee jump was a moment I contemplated. The night before, I was deciding if I actually wanted to do this. Researching online, I couldn't help but constantly search the negative results that could occur from bungee jumping. Spinal snaps and the brain hitting against the skull were just a... Continue Reading →

Monteverde 2

When we arrived at 100% Aventura Tours, an employee from the facility entered our shuttle and gave us an introductory talk before we were about to venture off through the beautiful nature that surrounded us. He spoke in Spanish. Towards the end of his speech, which consisted of some wise words of wisdom such as... Continue Reading →

Monteverde 1

Let me start off by saying how my weekend went. I signed up to go to Monteverde with a tourism company located near my school. The packet included a hotel one night stay, breakfast, ziplining, and bungee jumping. On Saturday morning, I ate breakfast: a fruit bowl, scrambled eggs, and orange juice, and then headed... Continue Reading →

Lessons in Costa Rica

I'm about to leave Costa Rica. I am one week away from leaving an experience that changed my life. I know that this may sound a bit dramatic, but it's not. Really. Studying abroad changed my life. One thing that I took away from the overall experience was this idea of confidence. During student orientation,... Continue Reading →


Yesterday, I drew a lot. In Costa Rica, I attend a university mainly for students interested in the arts. Technical degrees range from architecture to digital animation to product design. What am I doing here? I am taking two classes, one is to learn Spanish for health professionals and the other is to learn about... Continue Reading →

Blog One

Hi. How are you? I know that this question may catch you by surprise. Hopefully you’ve played baseball before. My name is Jasmine. If you ever forget, just remember the Jasmine flower, rice, the movie Aladdin, and the name of some convenient stores. By now, you should have picked up on my style within a... Continue Reading →

Manuel Antonio

The time I saw a monkey in Costa Rica was with no fence, no separating glass, and no zoo keeper. I know. Crazy. Welcome to Manuel Antonio. Whenever I would tell my Tica family and my professor that I was going to Manuel Antonio, they ensured that I would have a great time there. I... Continue Reading →

Days in Costa Rica

I've never had three roommates. So, when I was told that I would have three roommates in a house with already seven family members, I was like...how are we all going to fit? To say that Costa Rica has the best addresses is an interesting statement. 100 meters to the right of a mango tree... Continue Reading →

Volcano Arenal

When I was told that we were going to the Volcano Arenal, I imagined getting to the top and being close to the edge of the mouth of the volcano. Yeah, not exactly what I imagined. But, it was still a great experience. On the second day of arriving at the Volcano Arenal, my roommates,... Continue Reading →

El Mercado Central

El Mercado Central reminded me of one of the central markets I have seen on international travel shows. Crowded with exotic choices. When I entered, I was in the midst of a crowd moving forward. Wanting to take a bird's eye view photo, I lifted my arms above my head and with my camera in... Continue Reading →

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