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.

Katie’s Bad Day :(

On day six of our trip to Iceland, we were driving along the Eastern coast of the island. We stopped at a few beaches along the way to our final destination. At one of the beaches, there was a super cool rock formation that was not far off shore.

Our friend Brian had snow pants and waterproof shoes, so he decided to brave the waves and get on the rocks. He did so successfully without getting very wet. Then, our friend Katie decided to do the same. However, Katie was not wearing snow pants, but she was instead wearing sweatpants which were not waterproof at all.

Katie, not surprisingly, did not make it to the rocks without getting wet. She spent the rest of the day and car ride slightly damp and pretty cold.

In other news, I had a great day! A few days before this, we visited a cave where a scene from Game of Thrones was filmed, and I was still very super happy from that because I am a fan of the series.

When I got into the cave, the water was beautiful, and then I realized that Jon Snow and Ygritte were still in the cave! So, I took this super awesome picture with them in the background.

After taking the picture, I quickly left the cave as I didn’t want to… interrupt anything.

When we finally got to the hotel that night, Katie was exhausted from spending the majority of the day cold and damp.

She immediately passed out in our hotel bed (even with all her clothes on and with gum in her mouth!) with her kiwi Squishmallow.

That night she slept very soundly and dreamed of better days where she was warm and dry.

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