Tomorrow I leave for Costa Rica and I am quite excited! For my first entry in this blog, I will share a little bit about myself so you can get an idea of who I am.
My name is Jared Dial and I was born and raised in northern New Mexico. I am 26 years old and I graduated with my BS from the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management department in the fall of 2010. I have currently returned to school to take prerequisites for future graduate school in Anthropology or a related field.
My interests include sustainability education, environmental and cultural interpretation, and social justice and equality. I am interested in seeing how I can tie these interests to my degree in hospitality, which is one of the reasons why I am doing this exchange program to Costa Rica. I love to travel, explore nature, read, cook, and watch obscure films. I also participate in a myriad of community service projects revolved around LGBTQ equality and environmental preservation and conservation.
I am thrilled to be able to participate in this program at CATIE because it directly aligns with my interests and allows me to travel to a part of the world that I have always wanted to see and experience. I participated in a National Student Exchange program a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it, which is why I hope to continue traveling, exploring new cultures, and learning more about the world and myself.
I am happy to be part of the inaugural group for this program and I will continue to update you all along the way (while sharing many photos!).
There will be more to come soon, and as they say in Costa Rica –