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Believing in the Dream

Jessica Flores riding a horse.Jessica Flores’ educational goal is to be a veterinarian, and she enrolled in Harper’s study abroad program to Costa Rica to build her resume and gain experience in animal biology. While in Costa Rica she studied snake coloration patterns between the dry tropical forests and the tropical rain forests. Jessica also had the opportunity to stay with a host family, which gave her a greater appreciation for life in the United States. Jessica remarked, “The housing was a surprise. People live with gaps in the walls and roofs made of plywood. Yet, the people were so happy and giving-beautiful people.”

Jessica’s trip to Costa Rica was partially funded by the Castle Study Abroad Scholarship from donors Nancy and John Castle. Without her scholarship, Jessica would not have been able to go to Costa Rica. “My scholarship funded the last payment for the trip. This scholarship really helped my mom. She is going through a lot of personal financial instability. Now, she is able to support me emotionally without having to worry about the bill. The Castle Study Abroad Scholarship made the trip possible.”