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.

Final Project Conclusion

Brazil was one of the most interesting trips I have ever taken in my entire life. I feel so honored that I was able to experience this amazing trip I believe it truly changed my life. Everything I was able to experience was once in a life-time some people never get to live what I was able to and it still feels surreal that I was able to experience all of it.

The animals I saw were so amazing. I saw animals that before I couldn’t even dream of seeing in real life. From the first day, just seeing a stray dog walking around, it was interesting to me. All the places and the animals we saw was so interesting to me and I know I will probably never get to experience this again. So I feel so blessed I was able to.

From boat trips to waterfall parks, everything was so surreal I got to see things I didn’t even know existed. I got to live things I didn’t know was real. I also became a person I didn’t know I could be. In most circumstances I am a very cautious and anxious person, but being in Brazil really got me out of my shell. I took chances I didn’t know I was capable of taking and doing so made me a different person because of it.