4th Year, BA Spanish and Politics
I spent my third year at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico.
A year abroad was compulsory for my course but Mexico was not my first choice. After initially choosing to go to Cuba the university declined my application and I was assigned to Guadalajara. I had no prior knowledge of the town but thought I’d give it a go.
I have many fond memories of my time in Mexico, I met loads of wonderful people, immersed my self in the local culture and ultimately came out the other side having perfected my Spanish. I spent two months camping on different beaches on the Caribbean whilst everyone in England was enjoying the coldest winter for years!
Personally, I plan to move back to Mexico as soon as I finish at university, so I guess in that sense the whole experience had a significant effect on me. With regards to career skills, going on a year abroad proves that you can dive headfirst into a situation outside of your comfort zone and adapt to your surroundings.
The opportunity to study abroad should not be missed! My advice would be to spend as much time as possible with local people, they are not as scary as they look, as this helps to get a grasp of the language and an understanding of the local culture; try not to live with English friends and eat as much local food as possible!