Students returned from 3 different Aventura trips citing dolphin and turtle sightings in the Gulfo Dulce, amazing rapids on the Cloud Forest Rafting trip, and mind-blowing biodiversity in Corcovado National Park. Enjoy the photos below!
If you want to know more about academics at NSA, we could brag about how our teachers...
But why would we need to do any of that when these quotes taken from student evaluations of our teachers says it all!
Thank you, teachers, for making learning fun again!
Is a Gap Year for us?
In this episode of Success is Subjective, Danny joins Joanna to share his journey as he traveled as a young adult, exploring different cultures and how his gap year experience has stuck with him, even a decade later. Listen in for Danny’s insight on the impact the right gap year program can have on a young adult, possibly changing the entire trajectory of their life.
What You Will Learn
Kayaking into the sunset at NSA...
Our newest student cohort embarked on a beautiful trip kayaking in the Osa Penninsula for a week last week... #aventura #riteofpassage #nsacr
Costa Rica in bloom...
Staff training and collaboration was a highlight this week as we explored DEI and our honest and authentic personal, professional and programmatic experiences within the systems of privilege and opportunity (or lack of). We are so proud to be a part of a team that continues to embark on our own personal and professional growth journeys to shift communities to become more inclusive and supportive.
Surf Club back in business!
As we reopen, we are taking all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Luckily, the rainy season is ending and we will be soon entering the dry season. What does that mean? That we will be able to be outdoors as much as possible!
Learning more about the aerosol spread of the virus has encouraged us to take many precautions such as:
We're excited to reopen and feel optimistic about all that Costa Rica and NSA has to offer during this stressful global pandemic.
December 1 is our 4th album release in almost 16 years! We've sold some tickets for our December concert and are fine-tuning our playlists with the band, back up singers, stage hands and all the rest! Let's take a look back at the first 3 albums and why you're going to love the 4th even more...
NSA 1.0 was released on January 1, 2005, when NSA first opened its doors to 11 students and their families. Young, inspired, energetic and ambitious, we pumped ourselves up with hits like:
- Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Something,"
- "Let's Get it Started" by the Black Eyed Peas, &
- "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac.
NSA 2.0 was released in 2012 as we moved into our newly built campus and opened our young adult Bridge program. We psyched ourselves up with:
- the Jefferson's theme song, "Moving On Up"
- and then slowed it down with hits like "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel &
- "Home" by Phillip Phillips
NSA 3.0 - The 2020 COVID COHORT! The COVID lockdown brought out our inner divas as we discoed our way through
- "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees,
- Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and
- REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)"
... all while playing corn hole, horseshoes, ladder golf, and gathering to make S'mores around our fire pit.
NSA 4.0 - Now, as we prepare for our post-covid-lockdown December 1st release, we are inspired to begin again - with a return to our roots, an even more powerful purpose, and lots of inspiration. Listen to our rendition of
- "Don't Stop Believin'" (no, it's not as good as the Glee cast!),
- "I'll Rise" by Ben Harper (a la Maya Angelou)
- "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson, &
- "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles
One of the the things of which we are proud is our commitment to life-long learning, and that isn't only for our students! Each version of NSA is a result of a reflective, systemic process of self-examination, feedback from our stakeholders, and research on best practices.
NSA 4.0 is a result of this process in our team as we decided to take advantage of the opportunity that the COVID hibernation brought us. You will not be disappointed as NSA 4.0 brings to the forefront:
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