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.

Waterfall Disaster!

On day five of our Iceland trip, we visited the Goðafoss waterfall. While we were there, I decided to record audio of the relaxing water sounds.

The waterfall was huge and beautiful. I wanted to get pictures of it from as many angles as possible, but because of fences, you could only go so far. I was feeling a little discouraged about not being able to get all the photos I wanted of the falls, but then my friend Emma said that she was willing to risk it to get the photos for me!

I told her that she didn’t have to because I didn’t want her to get hurt, and she had already fallen a lot during the trip… Despite my worries, Emma said that she was going to do it for me!

She walked out towards the middle of the falls and took some pictures and videos for me. I was so glad she got there and took the pictures safely, but just as she was turning around to head back to us, she tripped and fell into the waterfall!

All of my friends and I were gobsmacked and had no idea what to do! But out friend Katie knew what to do, and called an ambulance immediately. They got there shortly and saved Emma from the freezing water. Luckily, she ended up being fine and quickly recovered from the mild hypothermia she got.

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