Izzy Laterzo

Middlebury Montevideo, Uruguay
International Relations

Describe your typical day: I lived in a homestay, my house was about 25 minutes from school. Most days I would wake up and go running on this famous path along the beach called La Rambla. It was really beautiful and quiet in the morning. I’d have breakfast at home and chat with my host dad. My classes were three hours each, but each met only once per week. After class in the morning, I’d have lunch with friends from university. Then I’d take a bus to another campus in the city center for my afternoon class. Afterwards, I’d walk and get ice cream with a friend before going home or to an art class. 

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus?  Traveling to Argentina and hiking in Patagonia. We told our guide to give us his hardest hike. It ended up being the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but it felt amazing to summit the peak.  
Favorite food discovered while abroad:
Uruguay is known for its meat, there are something like ten cows per person there. Usually on weekends the whole extended family would come over and grill various cuts of meat. 

What was your favorite part of the city to visit? The beaches in the morning. Nobody would be there, it was so peaceful, you could walk out on the piers. The beach is accessible from anywhere in the city. I also liked Ciudad Viejo, the historical district. What was one challenge you faced during your semester off-campus? Finding ways to integrate into the local community. By the time I had figured out what things to do outside of school, I was about to leave. 

Advice: Try to find an internship or join a club or organization. The workload is different from CMC. I wasn’t prepared to have so much free time, and I wished I had more in my schedule.