Peer Advisors

GerardoGerardo Covarrubias

Major: Operations Management and Informational Systems

Minor: Sociology

Year in School: Junior

Email: gcovarrubias@niu.edu

Study Abroad Program: ISA Valencia-Spain

Other Countries you have visited: Mexico

Favorite excursion or adventure:

My favorite excursion while studying abroad in Valencia,Spain was a trip we had taken to the Pyrenees. Taking a nine hour bus ride to approach our destination it was a bit of a long trip, but well worth it. I will never forget the excitement on the bus as we saw some of the mountains from a distance.  Once we actually began hiking up the mountain side we were struck with both fear and awe as we saw the beautiful country side of Spain along with the big drop to the bottom if we were to slip. Once we reached the peak and caught our breath we were astonished to see the beauty that was the entire mountain side in our views. We were told by our instructor “No words just look out for a minute and reflect.”  In utter silence we stared out at everything surrounding us and inhaled deeply. Breathing in deeply the fresh mountain air had relaxed all of us and we stood in silence for not one, but seven minutes just reflecting.

Any tips you have for students interested in studying abroad?

A major tip I tell all students who have an interest in studying abroad is to save money as early as possible. Some may have more of this resource than others but coming from a person who waited till the last minute to start saving for his trip let me tell you that if you are traveling to a European or Asian country you might want to start saving today. Just a little at a time, on a weekly or monthly basis can make a significant difference when it comes to your spending money abroad.

Hours you are available in the Study Abroad Office:

Wednesdays:  2:00pm-4:00pm