Kristyn Kinner


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Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
Home Institution: 
Thiel College
Heinz Programming Area: 
Economic Opportunity
Study Abroad Country: 
Costa Rica
International Experience

Kristyn spent one month of her summer learning and growing much more than she ever could simply from a classroom. After receiving a generous scholarship from the Vira I. Heinz program, she was able to travel to San Jose, Costa Rica to study Spanish. Kristyn had never flown on a plane before this trip, nor had the opportunity to travel. With the scholarship she was able to expand much more than simply her Spanish vocabulary, she evolved who she is as a person. After class everyday, Kristyn was able to travel around San Jose and practice her Spanish, people skills, expand her confidence, and observe others from a different culture. Observing others was very important to Kristyn due to her background in Psychology and interest in social research in the future. Kristyn has now decided to focus on social psychology while earning her BA all due to her observations in Costa Rica. On the weekends she was able to visit many destinations around Costa Rica with great friends that her program had given her. Kristyn stayed in a very nice home-stay with local Costa Ricans that became like family to her and have given her great connections for years to come. before this experience, Kristyn was very nervous about leaving home. She was a very quiet, reserved person, but after this experience, she has become a more confident, outspoken woman. Kristyn is very thankful for the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica and to brighten her future.

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