Alexa studied in Argentina on the IES: Buenos Aires, Language and Argentine Studies Program during the Summer of 2015.
If you could give only one reason, why would you suggest other students study abroad?
It open your mind to other places in the world.
If you could go abroad again, what would you do differently?
I would emerge myself in the language and culture more fully.
What specific factors influenced your decision to go abroad?
Learn Spanish and I love to travel.
What concerns/fears did you have about studying abroad, and how did you overcome them?
Going to a country where I knew no one and there was a language barrier.
What was it about your program specifically that fit your personal goals over other programs?
I lived with a host mother who only spoke Spanish to me.
How have you used the skills you learned abroad now that you are back; either in job searching, or in other activities?
Helped boost my resume and there were stories to tell during my interview.
What experiences did you have while studying abroad that you feel you could not have had if you had stayed at Penn State?
I traveled alone for a week after the program. I learned how to get around using my Spanish knowledge.
What advice would you give to outbound study abroad students to help them make the most out of their study abroad experiences?
It will be the most rewarding trip you will ever make.