Study Abroad Program: ISA Dominican Republic Summer 2012
Other Countries you have visited: Mexico, Canada
I decided to study abroad to develop my Spanish skills. As a Spanish major I knew that there was no way that I would be able to become as fluent as I hoped to be without living among native Spanish speakers. I also wanted to get out and see the world!
My favorite memory is probably the first time that a group of us students decided to take a trip to the beach on our own. It was really rewarding to know that we had successfully traveled through the country without help from anyone else. Although we didn’t go far, it was a great feeling once we figured out how to maneuver the several forms of public transportation we had to take to get there. It was also the first time I got to see the beautiful beaches in the Dominican, which was certainly unforgettable.
My favorite excursion was when we went to the 27 Charcos. It is a series of 27 waterfalls that we go to jump and slide down. I had never done anything like this before, but I hope I can do something like it again. It was incredible!
Studying abroad is incredibly important and beneficial to everyone because it gives a whole new perspective on the world. No matter where you go, you are able to learn about how other people live and what their culture is like. Studying abroad will expand your awareness of the rest of the world, as well as give perspective on how other people go about their lives versus how we do here in the United States.
Just do it! You will never look back and say, “I wish I hadn’t studied abroad, experienced the world, met incredible new people and made unforgettable memories”. There is absolutely no reason NOT to study abroad!