It’s tough to admit that my time in Paris has ended–for now, at least! It was a period of enormous growth for me: academically, personally, and experientially. It never would have happened so smoothly and successfully without CEA as a jumping-off point. This summer, if you had asked me “What are the environmental impacts of the wine industry?” or “Which soft intervention would best add to the architecture of Paris?” or even “Parlez-vous Francais?”, I wouldn’t have an answer to any of them. But now, I’d be happy…

I studied abroad and went to Argentina with the intent to better my Spanish-speaking skills. Jumping into a brand new culture, not understanding the language is scary, and definitely challenging. After spending almost five months in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I can honestly say that my Spanish has improved so much over those months. I am not fluent or anything, but when it comes to understanding and communicating, it has gotten a lot easier! When you live with a host family, take Spanish classes, and have simple conversations with…

I think one of the things I wish I had known before coming to Argentina was how to travel. It is not as easy as in Europe. I definitely did not expect it to be as challenging, but it is well worth it. Argentina is a huge country! I have found that it is very similar to traveling in the United States. Some flights are 3.5 hours, bus rides can  20+ hours, ferry rides can be about an hour, it all depends where you want to go. The…

Before coming to Buenos Aires, I knew that I would need to figure out how I was going to keep myself healthy. I knew that it was going to look a lot different for me in another country to maintain my health! I can’t eat gluten or dairy. And let me tell you, I would love to dive into some dulce de leche or a loaf of bread, but it would not be worth the pain. My host mom is an amazing cook and prepares my meals with…

I knew before coming to Argentina that Patagonia was a place that I had to visit! It was so hot and humid in Buenos Aires, so my week-long trip to Patagonia came up at a perfect time! Along with four friends from CEA, I traveled to 3 different locations within Patagonia. Since this region is so huge and takes up most of the southern part of Argentina, we could only make it to a few spots. We were picked up from our hostel and brought to Los Glaciares…

After months and months of planning and waiting, I have finally made it to Argentina! Although it seemed like forever until I would get here, my time to depart for South America came up so quickly! Before I knew it, I was on my flight, excited and unaware of what was ahead of me. Before leaving, I spent much of my time visiting with friends and family. After being here for just a week, I am so thankful for them, their love and their constant encouragement. I am already…

I began my academics in Buenos Aires a month before the normal semester began, the Latin American Studies-Early Start program at the University of Belgrano. Though for the first weeks there weren’t many other students, I was able to get a good idea of how my full semester would be. Why did I choose the early start? First of all, my major is Education and Spanish. Therefore, I am required to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country by my home university. I talked with many other students with a Spanish major, and…