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Why did you decide to study abroad?

I always wanted to study abroad and I couldn't wait to actually partake in the experience. I saw an opportunity through my school's partnership with CEA and decided to take a chance to not only gain Spanish credits but to be outside the country! I'm so happy I did it!

Tell us about the program you went on

I went with my school though CEA sponsored it. I had one of my Spanish professors go with us and it was amazing! We took a Spanish class that is usually offered on my campus, and others also took a medical Spanish class. I lived in a homestay with two other girls from my program. We went to museums, volcanoes, and I even went zip-lining! Not to mention, I met tons of new, amazing people and the fact that the World Cup was going on wasn't bad either!

How did you pay for your study abroad experience?

I fundraised majority of my money, as well as had my church give a donation.

What is one thing you wish you would have known about studying abroad before you left?

How you wouldn't want to leave!

Did you experience any discrimination abroad because of your race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or a physical disability? If so, what did you learn from the experience?

Yes. I learned that is potentially many cultures around the world, American women are seen as easy targets to have sex with. I had to dispel many fantasies.

How has studying abroad benefited you, personally and academically?

I am aware of another world different than my own, and I personally felt like I learned more Spanish there than I ever have here.

What was the most memorable moment of studying abroad?

Looking at the beautiful country standing before me and realizing that there are no limits. I can achieve anything.

How was the entertainment and nightlife?

Amazing! There was a ladies' night almost EVERY night, which I could actually benefit from since the legal drinking age is only 18!

In what way do you feel your experience abroad has prepared you for your future career? (Think both tangible things like language acquisition and intangible like learning to work with people who are very different from you)

I feel as if my experience has be prepared me to be even more independent than I ever was. I learned that if I am put in a certain situation, I can and will figure it out.

Would you recommend the program you went on, if so why??

Yes because CEA really does a great job of taking care of you. I would recommend any study abroad opportunity that you can take through your school and with a professor from your school, so that you and your family won't be as concerned about you literally being in another country on your own.

What advice do you have for students thinking about study abroad?

Know where you want to go, save your money, and DO IT! Don't let anybody stop you!

Any additional comments or thoughts that you have about your study abroad experience

Keep an open mind so that you may teach as well as learn.

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