October 14th, 2020


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Happy Verto students at Volcanoes National Park
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April 6, 2021

Student Blog: Lab Days in Hawaii

Students in Hawaii explore Volcanoes National Park as part of their Environmental Science Course. Curious what a day in the life of a Verto semester student is like?! Who better to tell you all about it than current Verto students themselves! This week’s blog is written by student Trinity Grafft in Hawaii. COCONUT CREW COHORT…
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February 4, 2021

Meet the Spring 2021 Verto Staff!

Honor Stoner -- Field Instructor, Environmental Science What's your name and position with Verto? I'm Honor Stoner and I'm a Field Instructor for Environmental Science. What are you most looking forward to this semester? I am most looking forward to visiting new places and meeting students that enjoy traveling/new experiences. I have not been to…
walking across a bridge in Costa Rica
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November 2, 2020

How to Make College More Affordable

It is possible to make your path to college more affordable, it just takes a little effort to find the right combination of loans, grants, and scholarships that suits your life and goals. Nothing ruins the buzz of reading college acceptance letters quite like seeing the cost of tuition written in the fine print. With…
Photo: Verto Education student celebrating while sea kayaking
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November 2, 2020

How to Stand-Out with Your College Essay

Implement these tips into your college essay and you'll be doing a victory dance at your dream college (or in a kayak on your Verto semester!) in no time. We know you’ve been reading up on “College Essays that Worked” threads on Reddit for weeks. Every essay you read seems so unique and well-done… It’s…
Verto faculty
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September 17, 2020

Verto’s Hiring Process: Q&A with our Hiring Manager and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead

Some of Verto’s South Pacific staff in Fiji. Local Program Leaders, traveling Program Leaders, Academic Success Coordinators, and instructors work together on a student-centered team. This month, Verto students will embark on an incredible first-year experience where they will explore, create and learn about the world with our amazing Field Instructors, Program Leaders, and Support…
student at computer
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August 28, 2020

Student Development: How Verto Fosters Self-Awareness

Many students inadvertently spend the first year struggling to adapt to the rigor of college academics and the huge life adjustment to increased independence and responsibility. To call my first year in college unhappy would be an understatement. I remember feeling utterly overwhelmed by all the options and somehow, simultaneously, like there was nothing right…
outside class
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August 19, 2020

Building Community with Virtual Learning

Verto students learn from local experts from around the world on their Hybrid and in-person semesters. We get it. This year is not what anyone expected. Zoom classes just aren’t the same and you’re worried about missing out on making new friends, joining clubs, and having an exciting first year of college. We don't blame…
studying in the sand
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June 30, 2020

Ask an Expert: How Do I Learn a Second Language?

Fall 2019 students on the Verto Latin America semester compare language learning notes from class in their favorite study spot - the beach! I remember when I first started learning a second language. It was Spanish, and I was a sophomore in high school. As things started to click in place, I realized that Spanish…
kava ceremony
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June 16, 2020

Day in the Life on a Verto Semester: Fiji

Fall 2019 Verto students in Fiji participate in a community celebration in Fiji Whether it’s the shift from lecture-based classrooms to experiential learning, or hearing from locals instead of from a textbook, Verto programs are designed based on the belief that learning should ignite passion and joy. While all this talk of getting college credit…
classroom "in the field"
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June 9, 2020

Mental Health Advice for Students Planning to Travel Soon (And for Any Graduating Senior)

This is a guest post by Gary Robinson, Verto’s mental health consultant. In addition to working with Verto, Gary is the Director of Counseling at Hartwick College and co-founder of P3 Mental Health Advisors. Connecting with others and sharing experiences are an integral part of a Verto semester, like these students on the South Pacific…

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