Jake Stevens reflects on his semester abroad in San Jose: A piece of my heart will always remain in this tiny Central American country. The pace of life in Costa Rica is exactly as life should be; relaxed. Whether I spent my time lounging on the most pristine beaches nearly every weekend or getting lost in the markets and restaurants of San Jose, I continually felt the philosophy of “pura vida” and learned to enjoy every moment. While my language skills improved and I became fluent in Spanish, I also felt my comfort zone grow as well. I believe this was the most important thing anyone can find while studying abroad.