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ISA in Buenos Aires, Argentina
GO: Why did you decide to study abroad with ISA in Buenos Aires, Argentina?
Kelly: I chose BsAs firstly because I'd studied Spanish in high school and wanted to immerse myself in a Spanish speaking country. I was a Theatre Arts major as well as an International Studies major in school, and I wanted to explore the cultural side of the Arts.
While most of my friends were studying Shakespeare in England, I'd heard about the fierce and vibrant arts, music, and dance scene in BsAs. I was able to become fluent in Spanish, and take tango classes, contemporary arts classes, visit museums, audition for theatre productions, and actually take an acting class in the city with locals!
GO: What made your study abroad experience unique and special?
Kelly: What made my experience the most special, honestly, was my host family. I lucked out in living in a modern apartment with a single mom and two teenage kids not far from my age. They went out of their way to make me feel included and even took me on family vacations, and out to dinner. When it was my birthday they threw me an asado on the roof of our apartment building. I still keep in touch with them and know whenever I'm back in South America I have a home there.
GO: How has this experience impacted your future?
Kelly: I learned a new language! That alone has opened an innumerable amount of doors for me in the professional world. I'm qualified for alot more jobs now and can communicate and network with a whole new world of people!
I also learned alot about myself in that time. I learned how to rely on myself and trust myself with tasks or challenges that might seem impossible at first. I can make new friends, navigate a foreign city, or walk into a job interview or audition with total confidence because I've done it all already, IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE! I have no reason to doubt myself or have any fear.
GO: Why did you decide to study abroad with ISA in Argentina?
Jessica: I chose ISA over other programs because they offer living with a host family instead of in student dorms. I really wanted to immerse myself in Argentine culture and be forced to speak Spanish. Once I was in Argentina I was very impressed with how ISA operates. The people that work in the Buenos Aires office are amazing people that helped me in so many ways. Every time I needed anything they were always there to help. They were very organized and always anticipated the students' needs.
GO: What made studying in Argentina a unique and special experience?
Jessica: There was nothing that wasn't unique or special about my study abroad experience. I was in a different country doing different things every day, having a new experience every time I turned around. The one thing that made my study abroad experience so fantastic was the best friend that I made. I met a girl from a different state in the airport and we were placed in homestays blocks away from each other. We experienced Argentina together and are still best friends today, almost 2 years later. I experienced an amazing country and people and made a best friend for life.
GO: How did this experience impact your academic development?
Jessica: My study abroad experience has had a great impact on my life since I returned from Argentina. Personally, I gained a best friend and some family across the world. Academically I was finally understanding the historical aspect of their culture, advancing my studies in my Spanish major. Professionally my study abroad experience is probably the reason why I have the job that I have today. I got a teaching job right out of college at a bilingual English-Spanish elementary school. I teach one subject in English and another in Spanish to a 90% Hispanic population. It is due to my experience in Argentina that I am able to better understand the culture and language of the students in my class.
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