Amy Ingram

IFSA Butler – Buenos Aires, Argentina
International Relations/Economics

Describe your typical day:
I would wake up, eat breakfast, and head to class. Then I’d have lunch with friends in the city and do some schoolwork. After I might sit in a park for a while before going home to hang out with my host mom.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?  
I lived by a huge open green area—there were parks for miles. It was a great place for running, picnics, or playing soccer.

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus?
I liked that it was independent. You can choose how much time to spend with people with the program versus meeting local students, which worked well for me. Favorite food discovered while abroad: Empanadas. And I ate a lot of ice cream

What was one challenge you faced during your semester off-campus?
The hardest part was the language. It was frustrating; certain days you want to give up, I would just think “I’m done speaking Spanish!” But it was also the most rewarding part of the program.

The program is much more independent than I expected. I got to Buenos Aires and had to figure it out for myself, which was good in some ways. Be prepared for everything to be disorganized, and have it be okay.