de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico
Describe your favorite class(es) from
My favorite class
abroad would have to be my advanced grammar class. This class was by far one of
the hardest classes I have ever taken while learning Spanish. The challenge was
exciting and I knew that I was learning a lot of great skills that I could use
in my everyday life in Mexico.
What was housing like during your study
I lived on campus in
the dorms. They dorms were right outside the gates of campus. Depending on
where your suite was, you could either see the beautiful campus or the amazing
volcano. The rooms were amazing. I never thought I would live somewhere so beautiful.
It was great living in the dorms because I had the opportunity to make a ton of
new friends from all over the world.
What advice would you like to give to
future study abroad students?
Really pay attention
to your studies. It is very easy to let your studies get away from you. It is
important to make sure your schoolwork gets done first. My other advice would
be to try everything that you can. When it comes to food, nothing is off
limits: you want to be able to say that you tried a bunch of different, amazing
things! And when it comes to being adventurous, it’s worthwhile to step out of
your comfort zone and go to different places and try different things. Just
remember, it’s important to be safe!
In what way do you feel that your
experience abroad has prepared you for your future career?
One of the first
things that this trip taught me was how to travel on my own. Aside from the
traveling, I gained so many new communication skills. I am way more confident
that I was ever was with my Spanish speaking abilities. I know that if I ever
encounter a Spanish speaker in my future career, I will be able to communicate
What is your best memory of your time
The best memory I
have would have to be the weekend trip to Teotihuacan. Anyone that has studied
Spanish culture knows how important that city is. I climbed to the top of the
pyramid named Luna, which in the Mayan culture is where the world started.
What was your biggest surprise during
your study abroad experience?
The biggest surprise
during my study abroad experience is how many genuine, nice people I met and
the number of friends I made and am still friends with now that I am home. I
never expected to gain so many great friends while studying abroad.
What is the biggest difference in
culture that you experienced while abroad?
In America we are so
fast, everything we do is on a scheduled and we need to be doing something at
every second. In Mexico, family time is really important and being punctual
isn't. Class never really started on time and none of the events started when
they said, but it isn't a big deal in Mexico. It is more important to spend
time with family and loved ones and not so much important to be on a ridged