1. Where did you go and for how long?
When I was 20, I studied abroad for 6 months at a university just outside of Parana, Entre Rios, Argentina. I was able to visit a few other places while studying abroad; such as Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Cuzco, Lima, Iguaza Falls and Uruguay.
2. What did you study while overseas?
I went to Argentina to receive a minor in Spanish.
3. What was your most memorable experience being abroad?
The entire trip was quite memorable. I made a lot of great connections and friendships out there in Argentina, both domestic and foreign. However, the most memorable portion of the trip was when I visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a week and was able to see Maracanã Stadium, which would later be home to the World Cup and 2016 Olympics. I was also able to see the iconic Jesus Christ statue. Another experience that was memorable for me was spending two days at Iguazu Falls.
4. Why do you think that studying abroad benefited you?
Studying abroad was a great opportunity for me to build my character and social skills, and it gave me a sense of autonomy. Before my trip to Argentina I was quite shy and didn’t know how to put myself out there in the world. Being abroad gave me the confidence to thrive in any environment. I also gained a greater knowledge of how different cultures around the world work, and it was incredible to live in a society where speaking with a stranger isn’t deemed odd. I often spent my afternoons drinking “Mate,” an Argentinian tea, with the locals. Another thing I cherish is that I made some great life-long friendships. One of my friends that I met down there has continued traveling the world and is currently working in Washington D.C. with the District Attorney.
5. What would you say to a student who was contemplating studying abroad but was unsure about going through with it?
Do it! It gives you an opportunity to grow as a person and gives you the skills needed to become successful, smart and aware of the world around you. The United States is somewhat like a city, and it can get boring living life constantly in one place. This world has hundreds of different cultures, cities, environments. Languages and faces to know. On top of that, when you study abroad, you will have countless stories and pictures to share with your friends and family. Your social media will go off the chain.
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High school and middle school jazz bands from all over Texas converged to help celebrate the 50th Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival March 24-25. In addition, one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time was on hand for the celebration. The legendary Doc Severinsen conducted the TAMUK Jazz Band I during the 7 p.m. concert Saturday in Jones Auditorium.