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 Introduction

When I first saw the movie RIO I remember thinking that Brazil seemed so cool and I always wanted to visit it when I got older. I also learned about the Amazon and how important it was to the ecosystem of the world and how many lifeforms it supported. When I was given the chance to go on this trip I was so excited to go albeit a bit nervous since I really had no idea what I was really getting myself into.

This trip helped me to get out of my comfort zone and I got to experience so many new things. I some points I couldn’t believe I was actually there! It was my first time traveling out of the country without my family, so I was a bit anxious, but this trip exceeded my expectations. I had so much fun that I hardly missed home at all.

What I loved most about this trip was getting to interact with all the animals we encountered. There were so many animals that I’ve never seen before and ones that I’ve only seen on the television. Getting to interact with them and hold them was a life changing experience. For this project I have divided my story into different parts based on where I saw the animals in Brazil.