frog Camp Costa Rica
I AM WAY TOO EXCITED TO TALK ABOUT THIS TRIP!!! S/O TO ALL MY COSTA PEOPLE!!
So, as everyone pretty much knows by now I will be attending Texas Christian University. Part of the first year experience is Orientation, which is… just orientation. But they also have an optional program called Frog Camp. There are a ton of different Frog Camps. Some stay in Fort Worth, some go to Colorado, one went to Paris, there’s a Mystery Destination Frog Camp, and finally, there’s FROG CAMP COSTA RICA!!!
I obviously chose to go to Costa Rica for my Frog Camp and it was the greatest trip of my entire life. There were about 20 incoming freshmen that went on this trip, 4 upperclassmen and 3 faculty. This was honestly my favorite trip out of the summer and one of the greatest weeks of my life.
the fun stuff
From the second this trip starts, you take off running and you honestly never really slow down. We did everything from swimming in La Fortuna Waterfall, hiking around a volcano, zip lining through the jungle, going on a river tour, and making a quick little kinda illegal kinda not pit stop in Nicaragua.
You also have the chance to meet and get really close with a lot of incoming freshmen. The people that were on this trip were some of the most incredible people I have ever met and they each had a really big impact on my trip and how much I grew during Frog Camp Costa Rica. We made memories on that trip that we will be able to share with each other throughout college and beyond. It’s really something so special that TCU does and I am so thankful and lucky I was able to be apart of it!
While a lot of the things that we did were pretty touristy, I feel like we really got experience some parts of the country as a citizen. We weren’t staying in a resort and we never got to see a beach. We were smack dab in the middle of Costa Rica, helping the community and being in the middle of the rain forest. It was really unique and not something that I think a lot of people get to do when they go to Costa Rica.
We got to learn about the TCU research lab in Costa Rica and got to help clear some of their paths. We got to visit and organic farm and do a little bit of work around his facilities while we learned about a lot of the conservation efforts that go on in Costa Rica. That country is really incredible…. like, extremely fascinating!!
Plus…. my roommate also went on this trip!! HOW MANY ROOMMATES CAN SAY THEY SPENT A WEEK TOGETHER IN COSTA RICA GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED…. pretty much zero!
THE SERIOUS STUFF
While a lot of this trip was fun and games there were some parts of it that were really serious and a time where we could all share our worries, fears, and concerns about college and the future. Just about every night we had small groups where we had the chance to talk and voice our opinions about the topic that we were covering that night. It was incredible to hear everyone’s different insights on situations. Some nights even got a little bit emotional. Everyone came from a different place in their life and had something so incredible and different to say. There is just something about this camp that you will never be able to explain to someone who wasn’t there…. sorry ’boutcha, you missed out!!
to my frog camp peeps
I seriously love y’all to the moon. I had the greatest week with you guys and I can’t wait to see everyone in a week in texas!!!! Thank you for all the memories and small group talks. No one will truly understand how much you impacted my week in Costa Rica. I can’t wait for all of our reunion dinners. Life is awesome with y’all in it now!!
Kathy, Trung, Mike, Raul, Abbie, Morgan, and Nick- Thank you, for everything. There are no words to describe how much your presence, advise, and wisdom helped all of us!!
to our tour guides, thank you so much for showing us around your beautiful country, it is one of the most interesting and incredible places I have ever been!!
Dustin Lynch & Luke Bryan