Professor Polack
Professor Polack, a distinguished computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington, possesses a deep curiosity for global exploration. Driven by a desire to broaden her understanding of different cultures and technological landscapes, she aspires to study abroad in countries across the world. Professor Polack's ambition to study abroad exemplifies her commitment to enriching both his own academic perspectives and the field of computer science as a whole.
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Iceland, where we spent weeks exploring the stunning landscapes of this Nordic island. One of the highlights of the trip was driving around the famous ring road, a 1,332-kilometer highway that circles the entire country. Along the way, we marveled at cascading waterfalls, rugged coastlines, and towering glaciers. We had the chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, sampling traditional cuisine and learning about the country's history and geology. This unforgettable journey through Iceland's dramatic beauty left a lasting impression all of us.
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After leading a study abroad trip to Brazil and Argentina, where the students explored the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, embarked on a captivating river cruise along the Amazon, and marveled at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, Professor Polack decided to create a photo book. With meticulous attention to detail, he curated a collection of photographs capturing the vibrant landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and joyous moments of the trip. I aimed to provide a visual narrative that would forever remind the students of their remarkable journey.

Iguazu Falls Travel Trailer

I created this video to highlight the Iguazu Falls, both in Brazil and Argentina. As a “trailer” to the natural beauty of these falls, I made this to help future travelers understand the beauty of this from the accessibility of the national parks both in Brazil and Argentina. These national parks were stunning, and I think this video is also cool to help show people how gorgeous these falls are, for the people that might not be fortunate enough to go.

What I enjoyed most about these falls was the infrastructure that was in place for people to get up close with these falls. With several different walkways, bridges, and other accessible things, we got to get really close to the falls, including the “Devil’s Throat” on the Argentinian side of the falls. I have never seen such gorgeous falls in my life. Having been to Niagara Falls, I have seen large falls but nothing like this. Also, at Niagara Falls, they don’t have the infrastructure that the Brazil and Argentinians do to access the falls up close.

Overall, this will be one of the most gorgeous natural landscapes I have ever seen. Getting to experience this with fellow classmates from UMW and the faculty was so special, and I hope I have the opportunity to come back in the future with friends or family. Getting to witness and take in the beauty of nature at such magnitude is surreal, and an experience unlike any other.