Amberly is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Chile
Major: Political Science and Hispanic Studies
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I did a lot of research on many (if not all) of the study abroad programs offered here at CSBSJU before deciding on Chile. One factor that contributed to my final decision was the opportunity to do so many different things in one country--for example, in Northern Chile you'll find dry, hot deserts but go South and you can visit the giant and majestic Glacier Gray in Patagonia. I also chose this program for it's Spanish and host stay components.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
Living with a host family was such an enriching experience for which I will forever be grateful. Not only did I feel immersed in the culture, I felt loved. My host mom and I became very close and could talk for hours over lunch or coffee about anything and everything--in Spanish! This program does an excellent job placing students with host families who are a good fit for them.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
An unforgettable adventure. All the clichés are true--studying abroad will truly be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. My time in Chile was full of unexpected challenges, friendships, and realizations about myself and the world around me.
Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?
Studying abroad in Chile has helped me gain world perspective, appreciate uncertainty, improve my Spanish, and relate to people in new, more genuine ways.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
"Just do it."
Do you have any questions about studying abroad in Chile? Email Amberly at email@example.com