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Matthew Gonzalez '21

Matthew Gonzalez '21
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Matthew Gonzalez – Day 7

What a way to end off the trip: two incredible dives, a long, laugh filled conversation with my piers, a delicious dinner, an amazing prayer service, and a free fruit punch to finish off the night. I'm sad that it has to come to an end, but like everything, it does, and I don't think it could have ended...

Matthew Gonzalez – Day 6

This trip has been nothing shy of incredible. Building new relationships with an amazing group of people has really helped me become more comfortable and more open with others, which has made this trip an extra special opportunity. I really like this group of people, both the teachers and the students. Each person has unique and special characteristics. Hanging...

Matthew Gonzalez – Day 5

Today was a great day for relaxation; not only hanging out on the beach and in the pool, but also on our dives. After 6 amazing dives, it seems like it comes second nature to me, and these last 2 dives have been nothing short of a relaxing and calming experience for me. The first dive sight was called...

Matthew Gonzalez – Day 4

Todays first dive had to be my favorite dive of the trip so far. Getting to explore the different species of beautiful fish scattered among the brightly colored coral was incredible at "Big Tunnels" dive sight, but the best part of the dive was swiveling throughout the tunnels and underwater canyons. The walls rose up on all four sides...

Matthew Gonzalez – Day 3

Day 3 of the trip couldn't have gone better. Today is July 22, also known as the day of my birth, and spending my birthday underwater and at the resort with my buddies and teachers made today very special and memorable for me. I woke up to my alarm this morning, rather than the rooster, and headed downstairs for...

Matthew Gonzalez – Day 3

Day 3 of the trip couldn't have gone better. Today is July 22, also known as the day of my birth, and spending my birthday underwater and at the resort with my buddies and teachers made today very special and memorable for me. I woke up to my alarm this morning, rather than the rooster, and headed downstairs for...

Matthew Gonzalez – Day 2

Waking up this morning to the sound of a rooster, rather than my 6:30 alarm, I can say was an unusual, and hopefully temporary, part of my morning routine. After the "wake up call," I headed down to the table for a early morning meal consisting of bacon, eggs, and hash browns in order to nourish my body for...

Matthew Gonzalez – Day 1

From the moment I stepped off the plane and as I arrived at Cobalt Coast Resort, my expectations for this trip sky rocketed. The warmth, the music, and the service had a strong impact on my original perspective of the experience to come. I went swimming with my buddies, ate a great dinner, explored the coast, but most importantly,...