|Brad Zivov Spotlight|
Subjects studied: Spanish, Mexican and Latin American History, Mexican Culture
This study abroad experience made me realize what I am capable of academically. My proficiency in Spanish increased dramatically. I feel more ready than ever in my pursuit of a degree with a major in Spanish. Besides that, my academic goals didn’t change as much as one would anticipate.
Studying abroad has been the most interesting semester of my college career. It’s a little cliché to say, but it’s the truth. The life I was living in Mexico I could never have complained about because I had the chance to travel, meet people from different regions, try a variety of foods, and become acquainted with the culture and customs of the country to a level of almost feeling like a citizen.
When I first arrived in Mexico I felt the common embarrassment while attempting to speak Spanish. But after speaking Spanish on a daily basis I became more comfortable with the language. I now have a better understanding of common mistakes people make when they learn a foreign language as well as the common communication barriers between people. I feel like a linguistic ambassador now more than ever.
I highly recommend this program to students in the future and I’m glad our program director and the study abroad office encouraged me to apply for the scholarships that are available.