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Testimonial: Matt Spanier, Colorado College

Matt Spanier

The semester I spent in the Costa Rica Field Research program turned out to be the most influential experience of my undergraduate education. I received a top-rate research experience at a leatherback sea turtle conservation project on the Caribbean coast, where I developed a project that I would later develop into my senior thesis and publish in a tropical conservation journal. Just as important, however, were the relationships I built with my host families, the Spanish language skills I developed, and the understanding I gained of life in Central America. The incredible job the ACM staff did of combining an intense research and cultural experience is what made my semester both so valuable and unique. As I enter medical school to pursue a career involving global health, the desire to continue working in Latin America will continue to influence my educational and career goals.

—Matt Spanier, biology major

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