A few days ago my sister gave me a journal in order for me to organize thoughts for my documentation project as well as write down any general happenings during my trip. Having a journal is great, but the best aspect of the journal are the words written on the cover. Words that will serve as constant reminder to me throughout my time away.

Carpe Diem is Latin and is commonly translated to, “seize the day” and it couldn’t be more applicable than when I am in Costa Rica. I’ll see these words everyday when I look at my journal and I will be reminded not only to seize the day and capture as much as I can for my documentation video, but also to enjoy my time to the fullest and immerse myself in the culture.

In honor of Independence day tomorrow, I hope everyone “seizes the day”, watching fireworks with friends/family.

-Chelsea