Alumni Spotlight: Alexandra Vanderbilt

Alexandra Vanderbilt is from Stony Point, New York. Currently she studies Spanish and Education at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She will be graduating in May with a B.A. in Spanish and two certifications in Education one for Elementary/Special Education and on in TESOL. Alexandra studied in Spain during summer session from May-August of 2012. She is 22 years old and is looking forward to start her teaching career.

API Spain alumni

Why did you decide to study with API?

Alexandra: I studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain from May to August. I chose to study abroad with API because it was the best choice for what I needed. The API program in Salamanca allowed me to fulfill my study abroad requirement for my Spanish Major. Being a Spanish major with two education certifications I needed a program that would allow me to study during the summer and fulfill 12 credits for my degree.

What made this experience unique and special?

Alexandra: This experience in which I was able to partake in was exceptional! While studying in Salamanca I stayed with a host family that became my family away from my family. Without my host family being away from my family would have been much harder. My trip was also special because of the people that were on the trip. The group is which I traveled with was a very diverse group and I was able to not only learn about people from different parts of the United States but I was also able to learn more about myself as a person.

API students

How has this experience impacted your future?

Alexandra: This experience to study abroad has changed my life in many aspects; it has changed my perceptive on the world, myself and the people that surround me. I can take this experience and put it in professional life because it allows me to relate better to my students, especially if my students are ESLs. Through my experience I grew into a wiser and mature person. Once I came home the way people acted around me seemed childish and their way of thinking was no longer the way I thought. Studying abroad and traveling in Spain opened up my mind to all the possibilities that I should take advantage of and that I should not disregard because the opportunity may be scary.