Alumni Who Return Abroad
When will you go back?
What was the most memorable aspect of your study abroad experience?
For me, it was the people I met, the places I traveled, and the person I found myself changing into. Through the many aspects of my study program, I discovered I was comfortable being a global citizen and that there was life beyond my small New England world. By the end of my first semester of study, I could already see myself living in Spain permanently.
What are you currently doing abroad and how long have you been in-country?
I moved here in the summer of 2004, so almost a decade now. I have come full circle and am now a proud member of the staff of the Spanish Studies Abroad/Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville. I currently hold the position of Director of Edutravel, organizing student travel and customized group programs.
Did your time with CC-CS influence your decision to move back to your host country? How so? Give as much detail as possible! The staff and teachers were so friendly and welcoming from the beginning, and everyone was so supportive when I shared with them my plans to move back permanently after a few years living and working stateside.
How did your experience abroad as a student with CC-CS prepare you to return on your own? After two long semesters learning the language (my skills particularly skyrocketed after my second semester), culture and idiosyncrasies of Spain, I felt comfortable entering the job market to find my niche, as well as prepared to deal with the day-to-day of living in Sevilla. What advice would you give current college students considering a study abroad experience? Don’t hesitate! I firmly believe everyone should do it. You will discover things about yourself you would never otherwise learn. You will go outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself and become all the better for it. Learning a language and more importantly, learning about people in the world outside your home country, will prepare you for your future in the best way possible.
What advice would you give students who have already studied abroad and are now considering moving back to their host country long-term?