Jordan, tell us about yourself
I studied psychology and communications at the University of Nevada, Reno and studied abroad through USAC in San Sebastián, Spain for a year-long term.
What is your favorite travel memory?
One of my favorite travel memories is actually of the first day I arrived in San Sebastian for my study abroad. Being tired and unfamiliar with the city, I was having a hard time finding an ATM. After much frustration, I gave up looking and stepped inside a local café to ask for directions. The woman who owned the café was very sweet and helped me even though I spoke very little Spanish.
With her help, I found an ATM, and after I found that one, it was as if they were everywhere. I always think back to that first day, which seemed stressful at the time, and how travel or stepping outside one’s comfort zone can provide everyone an opportunity to learn more about our world but also about ourselves.
That café became my favorite place in the city and after that experience, it reminded me that for every stressful moment, there is a solution and to always enjoy the journey.
I chose a year long program because I wanted to learn the language and give myself plenty of time to feel like a local while still traveling to other parts of Europe.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
I love hearing stories about how students gain a new perspective during their time abroad which helps them realize their future career goals. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine so when students return home after having such a life-changing experience, it’s always exciting to hear about their plans moving forward.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
Only one? I would have to start with a January term in Cuba and then a semester in India. I was able to travel around Europe during my study abroad, so I would love to see other regions of the world.