Alumni Spotlight: Lizzy Shakman

Lizzy has been studying Spanish since she was in third grade and continues to study. In summer 2016 she studied in Oaxaca, Mexico for nine weeks through Sol Education Abroad.

Why did you choose this program?

We looked at a lot of programs offering different things, then chose one that we thought would benefit me the most, and be the most enjoyable to me personally. Ultimately I settled on the Sol Abroad High School Program in Mexico.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider helped me go to the doctor, learn my way around the city, with adapting to a new country with different standards, and was there if I had any questions or concerns. On the free days/afternoons, I organized my own plans.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Don't be nervous that you won't find a class, there are language classes for all different levels and even electives. You will find a class you belong in.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

You go to school and return to the house for lunch. Then hang out and maybe work on homework. then go to the afternoon activity then walk around the city with a group of sol kids then return home for dinner

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

I didn't have a fear.

How do you feel your time abroad affected you as a character?

I think it matured me and made me even more independent than I already was. I already travel all over the world, but it was new to study abroad.