By the seaside in Fiji
Verto Education
June 25, 2021

Student Blog: Life in Suva, Fiji

What goes down during a Verto semester abroad in Fiji?  This week, Verto student Tea van Linde will take you on a journey through Suva –– Fiji’s largest metropolitan city. Read more to find out how Tea and other students forged deep friendships through life lessons, shared laughter, and more! *** This is an example…
white water rafting
Verto Education
June 8, 2021

Student Blog: Costa Rica the Movie

This week’s blog is written by student Tessa Yutzy in Costa Rica. She shares about what she's been up to in Costa Rica and why her life feels like a movie these days. *** This is an example of a student's experience from Spring 2021. Specific programming and activities are subject to change semester by semester.…
students working the land at Hualalai Farm Day
Verto Education
May 26, 2021

Student Blog: Getting Behind the Tourist Curtain in Hawaii

This week’s blog is written by student Lilly Murphey in Hawaii. She shares about her life in Hawaii and her observations on traveling like a local instead of a tourist.  *** This is an example of a student's experience from Spring 2021. Specific programming and activities are subject to change semester by semester. THE MIDWAY…
Verto Education
May 18, 2021

Student Blog: Aloha ‘Āina

Verto students take it one step at a time as they hike to find epic views. This week’s blog is written by student Mariana Steiner in Hawaii. She shares about connecting to the land and learning about herself through challenges like hiking, swimming with sharks, and more.  *** This is an example of a student's…
Verto Education
April 22, 2021

Student Blog: Getting Lost in London

Making friends for life is always the highlight of every Verto semester. 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 Eleanor Mathews in London. *** This is an example…
Students pose with bikes and helmets against a lush green hill
Verto Education
April 13, 2021

Student Blog: Weekends in Costa Rica

Biking is just one of the many outdoor adventures enjoyed by Verto Costa Rica students! 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 Halliday Dinsmore-Patch in Costa Rica. ***…
Happy Verto students at Volcanoes National Park
Verto Education
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. *** This is…
Verto Education
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…
Photo: Verto Education student celebrating while sea kayaking
Verto Education
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
Verto Education
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
Verto Education
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
Verto Education
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
Verto Education
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…
classroom "in the field"
Verto Education
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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