Stanford in Santiago, Autumn 2015-16 Major:Mathematical and Computational Sciences(MCS) College year while abroad: Junior
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH HARRY
Why did you choose to study abroad in Santiago?
I have always wanted to live in and travel through South America. Also, I was interested in improving my Spanish. I also love hiking and Santiago offered weekend access to the Andes.
What were your expectations before you went and how did those change once you arrived in Santiago?
I was expecting Santiago to feel a lot more exotic to me than it did. Once I arrived I realized that big cities, like Santiago, have a metropolitan culture which makes them feel similar to a New York or Chicago.
What were some of the academic benefits from studying abroad in Santiago?
Santiago has a fabulous teaching staff and a small program size. Therefore, I got an opportunity to really get to know professors and was challenged in lots of one on one interactions. The discussion based nature of my classes also fostered a greater number of Spanish language interactions.
What did you learn about yourself while you were studying abroad?
I learned to depend on myself. I also learned that no matter where you are, most people are very nice and all you have to do is ask for help.
What was the most challenging experience you encountered while you were abroad and what did you learn from it?
My host mom was diagnosed with stomach cancer in my fourth week of the program. I learned how to deal with tragedy and how to put a smile on even the darkest of situations.
What was the biggest cultural adjustment you had to make?
SO MUCH MAYONEIS!
What was your favorite part of your everyday life in Santiago?
I loved my walk to school every morning.
What was the most memorable experience you had while you were in Santiago?
Accidentally free climbing part of a mountain only to discover an easily traversed path down.
What 5 words would you use to describe your experience?
Lomo, Regeton, trekking, po, friendship
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What was your favorite music/band that you discovered in Santiago?
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