The three-week January term engages students in innovative learning opportunities. In a course led by faculty member Maia Dery, 14 students are immersed in both a different culture and the Pacific Ocean.
The students are spending J-term in the village of Nosara, Costa Rica, doing extensive reading and writing along with taking surf lessons. The texts cover politics, economics, indigenous and American history, gender relations, and the science of surfing. The students write about these readings, but also their experiences.
“Not only are we learning about the history of surfing and the political and economic power that comes with the surf industry, but I am living and breathing it,” says Sam Miller '16, a senior from Camden, Maine. “We have the incredible opportunity to surf everyday and are encouraged to analyze what we are seeing, experiencing, and reading through the lens of our individual disciplines.”