"SOL is so much more than studying abroad. [My host mother] is amazing. Right from the start, she welcomed me into her home and treats me as her own child. There's no way this type of experience couldn't affect my life in a major way. Just being surrounded by new people from a different culture transforms the way a person thinks. Because Ticos have such a profound way of thinking. With that, there's no way it doesn't influence life decisions."