Pura vida

Pura vida, literally translated as ‘pure life’, is a Costa Rican philosophy. It is used by the Ticos to celebrate good fortune as well as to symbolize their lifestyle. I, along with my classmates in the Working Spanish for beginners, got to learn about pura vida plus more during our immersion trip to the country on March 18-26.

Each of us lived with a host family, who spoke only Spanish, thereby ‘forcing’ us to use everything we have learned in the past two quarters. Although challenging, it was a good experience because 1) it forces us to remember everything we learned and 2) it was a chance to learn what we haven’t, and 3) it shows us that we do know more than we think we do, no matter how limited. Fortunately, we do have dictionaries, miming, and drawing to fall back to if our words fail.

Because the program is more than just a language course, we also learned about the culture and business in Costa Rica. We made friends at the school Intercultura. We visited multinational companies like Intel, HP, and Allergan. We also went to INCAE, a top business school in Latin America. We also learned about the coffee business through our tour at Cafe Britt. Lastly, we learned about the economic policy from the Banco Central de Costa Rica.

Of course, no trip to Costa Rica would be complete without a visit to the beach, waterfalls, and the rain forest. Here are a few of the photos from the trip.

O-H-I-O at Isla Tortuga (Photo by Chris Carey)

At La Paz Gardens (Photo by Gerry Ockers)

A break from rafting (Photo from Chris Carey)


2 Responses to “Pura vida”


  1. 1 Francisco April 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Hi!! It is good to see that all you had a good time in Costa Rica. Im sure all you got a lot of good experiences and knowledge about business and life in this country.
    I am from Costa Rica, I just got my bachelor’s degree in Internation Relations, in a Costa Rican University. I would like to know if The Ohio State University, has any kind of scholarships for international students. I am really would like get a Master’s Degree by OSU.

  2. 2 Alison April 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Francisco,
    Thank you for your interest in Ohio State. A significant number of our international students receive merit-based scholarships and we actually have a scholarship designated for a MBA candidate from Latin America. The Scholarship for Americas essentially covers full tuition and offers a monthly stipend for a qualified MBA candidate in exchange for supporting our office in recruitment and outreach intiatives for additional students from Latin America. No separate application process is required, as all admitted students are automatically evaulated for any funding opportunities that may be available through The Fisher College of Business.

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