Vanessa Yee is a Junior at Pacific University. She is currently studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, and would like to share what she has experienced so far!
When I first decided to be a Spanish and Exercise Science double major, everyone thought I was crazy! It seemed like every time I told someone that I was a language and science double major, I would be asked the inevitable question: “But how will you have enough time?” Well, ladies and gents, I made time. Studying abroad in Chile spring semester of my Junior year has been an experience like no other and I am so glad that I chose to study abroad! Sure, it may mean a full credit load all my other semesters, but there is absolutely nothing like experiencing another culture. I have only been down here for two months, and I already know that it was totally worth it! I chose to live with a Chilean lady instead of in a house with several other university students, and I am so glad I made that choice. Homestay is definitely the way to go! Many evenings have been spent talking about Chilean culture and traditions over a piping hot plate of Charquican, which is a traditional Chilean dish kind of like beef stew, or strolling around one of the many neighborhood parks in Santiago learning new vocabulary or “Chilanismos”, which are common Chilean sayings.
Me in Parque Araucano!
School, classes, and the atmosphere here are actually not unlike those at Pacific. The Universidad de los Andes is one of the smaller private universities here in Santiago; it is actually a pretty new school, only 25 years old! That is really young in comparison to Pacific! I am taking fully integrated classes; in fact, I only have one class that is just exchange students! This does make for an intense workload, but I have made some great Chilean friends as well! Universidad de los Andes does a good job of looking after its exchange students. It took a little motivation on my part, but I am all settled in now!
|Argentina, USA, Spain, Poland, and France, respectively!|
I have made some great friends in the group of exchange students; it really helped that all of us attended an orientation together for the first week of school. We did everything from take a tour of campus, to visit Pablo Neruda’s house here in Santiago, to go to the concert sponsored by the university!
Spain, Austria, Mexico, and USA at the concert!
Tania and me at the top of Santa Lucia hill!