"I believe that given the chance, everyone should spend time studying abroad. As cliche as it sounds, you learn so much about yourself, which is extremely beneficial to any young individual who is navigating his or her way through life decisions"
My major is psychology because I want to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy (OT) and found that there are many prerequisites in psychology for this graduate school program. I also found that by completing my degree in Psychology while supplementing my education with natural science classes, such as chemistry and anatomy, I received a well-rounded foundation for grad school in OT. I minored in Spanish and wanted to immerse myself in a culture whose native language was Spanish. I was drawn to South America because I wanted to avoid the tourist scene of Europe and since Ecuador was the only country in South America that Pacific had a solid connection with I chose to go to Ecuador.
Finding A Pathway
I chose Guayaquil, Ecaudor (versus Quito) because of the community service opportunity that was offered through the university. The Guayaquil program also included a trip to the Galapagos Islands, which was just cool. This experience was a valuable period. Having studied Spanish for 7 years, I was thankful for the opportunity to solidify my conversational skills to a level where I now feel extremely comfortable communicating in Spanish. I gained a great deal of life experience navigating my way through a country that was so different from the U.S. I gained confidence and a more well-rounded perspective on situations involving cultural differences. While in Ecuador, my community service project involved working with adults with disabilities. I was in charge of teaching them the English alphabet and basic math. My experience working with these wonderful individuals taught me how important patience and enthusiasm is when working with people with disabilities. I believe my ability to communicate with the Latin population will be extremely helpful in an age where there is a significant percentage of people in our community whose native language is Spanish.
I believe that given the chance, everyone should spend time studying abroad. As cliché as it sounds, you learn so much about yourself, which is extremely beneficial to any young individual who is navigating his or her way through life decisions.
The Galapagos Islands were AMAZING! Hands down, one of the coolest places I have ever been. All the traveling done on the weekends was also incredible. One of the perks about Ecuador is that an 8 hour bus ride (and a $8 bus ride) will take you from one climate to the next: mountains, beach and the jungle and it's all worth seeing. I can't reiterate enough how much this experience helped with my conversational Spanish: being forced to communicate in Spanish almost 24/7 does wonders.
Class of 2008
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