Aiden Egglin '17 spent his fall semester studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain with the IES program. This was a natural choice for the anthropology/computer science double-major, who is minoring in Spanish.
Salamanca is a small city, home to the third oldest university in Europe, a place easily traversed by foot. During his time there, Aiden lived with a host-family with whom he shared three meals a day, and took all four of his classes in Spanish. Aiden experienced deep cultural immersion and developed his Spanish language skills far beyond what they had been. As Aiden puts it, "I'd like to think that studying abroad complemented my experience studying anthropology in Gettysburg really well. Not only was it interesting to take anthropology classes in another language, but I think anthropology prepares you well for the whole process of going abroad, of going somewhere new and being able to analyze and appreciate your time away from home." During his time abroad, Aiden was able to travel to such places as Granada, Seville, Toledo, Barcelona, Portugal, Germany, and Austria.
Aiden’s experience in Spain will serve as wonderful preparation for his duties during the coming summer when he will serve as a Heston Fellow in another Spanish-Speaking country, Nicaragua (sponsored by the Gettysburg College’s Center for Public Service). There, he will participate in the Youth and Education Program in León, which promotes sustainable development by assigning fellows to work on a local project along with a community counterpart. The anthropology department looks forward to working with Aiden as he develops one of these global experiences into an honors thesis or capstone project.