Alumni Spotlight: Megan Marie Meehan


She’s a small girl, living out her biggest dreams.

Why did you choose this program?

I found this program through my home University and once I requested information, in the blink of an eye I was all set to go to Argentina! This program made the “hard” part bearable. This program not only prepared me for my class, homestay, and travel, but also aided in any questions or concerns I had. If I weren’t a senior in college, I would deffiantely study abroad through this program again!

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

My program provider guided me through the entire process and made each step as easy as it could be! Of course there were forms I had to complete, however, my program provider made sure I had my paper work in a timely manner, helped in finding me a homestay, scheduled my classes, and even had events planned for when I arrived!

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

One piece of advice I’d offer someone going on my program is to stay as long as possible. Two weeks sounded like a long time until I was getting ready to pack up and leave Argentina. I definitely wish I would’ve stayed and immersed myself in the Argentinian culture a lot longer. I made the best of my time while I was there, but over the two weeks I came to appreciate the culture and the people so much it was hard to leave!

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

An average day in my two week program was always a fun day! After waking up and eating breakfast with my host Mom, I would go to class for a few hours. After the class the day was left open for me to explore! I made sure to use my time wisely and have something different planned everyday of the week. In just two weeks I was able to learn and see so much of Buenos Aires!

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

I’m not afraid of much, but traveling abroad all alone definitely brings out the nerves. I was not afraid of not knowing anyone or not even being able to speak the language well, but I was afraid that I wouldn’t get to see all that I wanted to see. In two weeks I saw more than I thought I would and what I didn’t see, well I plan to go back.

Can you tell us your overall experience going to this program?

This was not a vacation for me but a truly enriching journey and it is something I am so grateful to have experienced. I was able to meet people who are different then me and speak a different language than me but who I came to love. I was able to experience a culture very different from my own and appreciate the way others live. I learned so much in just two weeks about Argentina but I learned so much more about myself. I learned that there is more to life than just living life. In just two weeks a part of myself changed. I see the world a completely different way than before and it definitely made me feel a way only a person who has experienced this journey could truly feel. A piece of my heart is forever with Argentina and the people I met along the way.