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Emmy Quinn '13
Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador?
I would love to share my experience with the new students going abroad. I think Granada is such a unique place to go and it's important to share personal experiences. I took advantages of the activities and getting to know the culture and I would like to help my peers to become prepared for the experience.
Deciding factor for studying abroad?
I knew that I wanted to go to Spain to further better my Spanish speaking skills. I also wanted a place that was a little more intimate, but still had a big city feel. After lots of research, I found Granada to be the perfect fit. It is a city with the biggest university in the country. Therefore I knew I would meet many students my own age. I also knew that Andalucia, the region where Granada is located, has so much culture and things to see. Lastly, I wanted to go somewhere where I was highly encouraged to meet new people because so few Santa Clara students study in Granada.
Defining Moment Abroad?
Through the IES program, a trip to Morocco was offered. I went with twelve other IES students and we traveled through the northern region via bus. It was extremely enlightening to be able to travel through a Muslim country and meet so many new people. I also had the opportunity to live in a homestay for a couple nights. That led me to learn a whole new way of life which not only fascinated me, but also made me realize there is more than one way to view life. I also learned how proud the Moroccans are of their culture.
Advise to Prospective study abroad students?
If you are going to a country that speaks a different language, get out of your comfort shell because it'll make the rest of the experience easier. The faster you try to learn the language, the more you'll believe in your speaking skills. Go out there and meet the locals. They know of the best hangout spots and the best food. They'll introduce you to new people and you'll learn your city as if you've lived there your whole life.