Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Gabauer

She studied abroad through CEA in San Jose, Costa Rica at Universidad Veritas from September 1st, 2012 to December 22, 2012. She is from Fort Mill, South Carolina and is an upcoming senior at Winthrop University majoring in Spanish and Education. She works at an ice cream store and tutors Spanish for her university and is also the CEA Alumni Ambassador for her campus. She has the cutest dog in the world.

CEA Costa Rica alumni

Why did you decide to study with CEA?

Lauren: I chose to study abroad through CEA because from step one, the people that I was in contact with were very helpful and kind. I felt like I was very well prepared for my trip before I went, and that was very comforting to me.

What made this experience unique and special?

Lauren: My study abroad experience was unique because of the people that I met along the way. I met some of my now greatest friends in Costa Rica and I was lucky enough to have the best host family ever. My tica family really made me feel like I was part of their family, not just a houseguest. I love them dearly!

How has this experience impacted your future?

Lauren: This experience has opened my eyes to many new experiences and I feel more confident about many more aspects of my life. I went out of my comfort zone, stayed away from my family for a long period of time, and lived in a country that spoke a different language. All of these factors forced me to grow and change, all for the better. As a Spanish major, the best thing that happened for me abroad was the language acquisition. I am very confident and have excelled academically since I returned. The study and language skills that I learned there have made me a better student. This experience was one of the greatest decisions that I will have made in my entire life.

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