Tyler is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Spain
Major: Hispanic Studies
Minor: Secondary Education
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I chose to study abroad because I wanted to immerse myself in the culture of another country. Additionally, I wanted to broaden my perspective on life by experiencing many other parts of the world. I decided on the Spain program because I wanted to immerse myself more fully in Spanish language and culture in order to advance my Spanish fluency and knowledge.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
A cultural experience in Spain that made a lasting impression on me was when I went by my host mom's sister's house for her niece's birthday party. There, we had a traditional Spanish lunch of meat and seafood paella (rice dish), cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) with a delicious and rich dessert of ponche segoviano (Segovian layer cake). Along with mouthwatering food, we played a variety of card games and talked about everything from pastries to politics. Having a Sunday lunch with my host mom and her family made me reminisce on having Sunday dinner at home in the Bahamas with my family. Because of this, I genuinely felt at home even though I was a continent away.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Overall, my study abroad experience was very worthwhile. I was able to make lasting friendships with many of the other students on the Spain program. Moreover, I was able to create connections in Spain. Specifically, I was able to foster a genuine relationship with my Spanish host family.
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?
After studying abroad, I believe that I am much more confident in myself and my abilities. My Spanish language skills have grown immensely from being exposed to various facets of Spanish culture, such as the Spanish language, history, art and politics. Professionally, I have had exposure and experience with teaching English as a second language to Spanish students in Segovia, Spain. This experience has shown me that I do in fact want to teach in the future, whether that be at the secondary or tertiary level.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
To CSB/SJU students:
-Just go for it!
-Don't let finances or fear deter you.
-Where there's a will, there's a way.
-Live life fully and pack lightly!