Political Science, International Business
Class of 2011
Argentina Intermediate Program, Butler – IFSA
Buenos Aires, Argentina
How did you select your Study/Intern Abroad location?
Recommendations, research, television travelogues.
Why did you want to study or intern abroad?
I wanted to study somewhere a little less traditional then a European country, and I wanted to go somewhere I typically wouldn’t think of going. I also wanted to experience a completely different culture than my own.
What were the highlights of this experience?
Meeting new people, eating new foods, learning new and different things, and traveling to other cities and countries.
What surprised you the most?
How much at home I felt in Argentina. The people were warm and welcoming, and after a couple of months I started to know the city a lot better and started to feel like a local. Also I made a lot of lifelong friends. I have kept in touch with many new friends, and we plan on getting together.
How has (or how might) this experience affect your major and future career?
It has made me a lot more confident in myself. With all the new people I’ve met and the different places I’ve visited, I’ve taken chances and put myself out there. I feel that this experience has enhanced my ability to make decisions and to act independently.
What would you tell students considering studying or interning abroad?
I would tell other students to absolutely study abroad! It’s a completely different experience that may never be so easy to do again. You have the chance to make new friends and experience a new culture, and have fun along the way. It’s a wonderful opportunity, so choose a country and city that awakens your interest and curiosity.