Lindsey is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Chile
Major: Global Business Leadership and Hispanic Studies
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
It has been a goal of mine to study abroad in South America since the beginning of high school. CSB/SJU’s Chile study abroad program offered me the opportunity to practice my Spanish-speaking skills, become immersed in the culture through a homestay, as well as explore some of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Further, the Chile study abroad program offered adventure and mystery. Throughout my years studying Spanish I have learned a lot about both Guatemala and Spain, but little about the beautiful country that lies at the end of the world.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
My semester abroad showed me the true importance of family within the Chilean culture. Throughout my months abroad, my Chilean family and I took time each day to have lunch together and talk about the day’s highlights. We also hosted many asados (Chilean barbecues) for extended family members and close friends. I loved forming a close relationship with them and learning about their life experiences.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Chile is an amazing country with so much to offer, and I strongly believe that everyone should take the time to visit! During my months abroad I visited the Atacama Desert, Patagonia, Santiago, the Lake District and several parts of Argentina. When at home I loved running along the beach, trying new restaurants with my friends, and visiting the neighboring port city of Valparaíso. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the Chilean culture. My Chilean friends and family welcomed me with open arms and always demonstrated great hospitality. I was happy to be in the presence of such happy and loving people.
Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?
While studying abroad I completed both common curriculum credits as well as credits that went towards my Hispanic Studies and Global Business Leadership majors. At Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, I completed an advanced Spanish grammar course, a Latin American culture and art course, as well as a marketing course. In addition to my academic development, studying abroad helped me to gain independence, embrace ambiguity, and learn about both the Chilean culture as well as my own.
What advice can you offer for CSB|SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
My biggest advice is to budget your money and pick a program that you can afford. I was able to finance a large portion of my trip through scholarships that I received from CSB/SJU. Both the Center for Global Education’s webpage as well as many department pages offer scholarship opportunities. Overall, studying abroad was a phenomenal experience and a great investment. I wish I could relive these past four months!