SIT Buenos Aires, Argentina
Describe your typical day: I had Spanish class twice a week. In our other class, we focused on a different theme every couple weeks. The Program brought in guest professors and lecturers four or five time a week. All the classes were in the morning. After class, I’d go out to lunch with friends at a sit-down restaurant. Then we’d go explore parks and museums. It was a lot more on your own than in-class time.
Favorite food discovered while abroad: I really enjoyed empanadas. In restaurants, they’d have a deal called the executive menu. You could get an appetizer, meal, and dessert pretty inexpensively.
What was one highlight of your semester off-campus? Definitely visiting Iguazu Falls—200 waterfalls going over a cliff face on the border between Argentina and Brazil.
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The study abroad mission of the Office of Off-Campus Study at Claremont McKenna College is to connect students to off-campus academic and cultural immersion experiences that support their personal, professional, and intellectual development in a globalized world. Our goal is to assist students in developing intercultural communication, cultural awareness, scholarship, and leadership skills in order to enhance their ability to navigate and succeed in their academic, personal, and professional endeavors.
“Go abroad with an open mind. Inevitably, not everything goes according to plan. Some of the most fun experiences that allowed me to grow as an individual occurred when I least expected it. Learning to be flexible helped me rise above some challenging moments when I had to take a step back and begin to appreciate the initially frustrating aspects of my host country. Lastly, finding a balance between school and free-time is a must, as overemphasizing one or the other can leave you feeling less-than-fulfilled.”
Kayla Nonn ’15, Trinity College in Rome