West Grove, PA
Global Study Semester:
IFSA Butler: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Psychology and Spanish/WGS
Activities on Campus:
- Alpha Omicron Pi
- Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society Executive
- Refugee Action Committee Executive
- Admissions Office Tour Guide and Ambassador
- Psychology Research Lab Assistant
My Story from Global Study:
When I was in Buenos Aires, I had to adjust to the city life that was very distinct from my 20 years in small-town PA. I got the hang of public transportation pretty well over the months and learned to like walking through the different neighborhoods. I was lucky enough to have a host mom that wanted to help me have a little celebration for my birthday at our house. She told me that she would make the cake and I could invite all of my friends - I only had to organize the food for the evening. There was a chain of delis that was pretty well known and I decided to order online from their local store. I should have verified how "local" the store was, but my poor sense of direction had misguided me yet again. I ended up walking 10 blocks to pick up 3 huge boxes of sandwiches and on the way home, tired and sweating, I passed another location that was only 4 blocks from my house. While living in the city was a great change of pace, there were definitely a few learning curves like this one along the way.
My Advice for Future Students:
My advice to students studying abroad is this: You can’t do everything, so stay reasonable and make sure you really explore the area you’re living in instead of traveling every weekend! I couldn’t believe how many basic sites in the city that I hadn’t visited until my last week in Buenos Aires.