Ashley Alexandra Rivera, Early Start Spring 2013 Participant
I believe that living in the city and going to school there pushed me outside my comfort zone. I had to use Spanish in everyday scenarios and be able to figure out different things in the city using Spanish. I was able to use the language in ways I would have never thought myself capable before this study abroad experience.
Kimberly Jeanne Pollock, Spring 2014 Participant
It was cool to see how much your Spanish skills improve simply by using it everyday with your host family, friends, professors, etc. It's frustrating at first when you can't get out exactly what you'd like to say, but with time, patience and lots of practice your Spanish improves drastically.
Lydia Rose Vogt, Fall 2016 Participant
I learned that it is important to make connections with others around you. If I had been alone throughout the semester it would have been very rough but because I made friends with other KU students, Costa Ricans, and students from around the world I was able to change my experiences in a positive way that could not have been done without the many people I interacted with on a daily basis.