Student Spotlight

Whitney Vargas

International Business & Spanish Major

"I don't know how to sum up my entire experience in just a few words, but regardless, I'll try. My trip this summer to Valencia to study abroad for one summer semester was unbelievable. It was amazing how completely different the culture and way of living is to ours. You can be so incredibly blind and clueless to other's living around the world without being aware of it. Through this program I was not only able to learn the culture, language, and history, but I was able to become familiar with the people themselves. Everything about Valencia was welcoming and people-orientated. Everyone was friendly and sociable; they were excited to talk to Americans and learn English. Therefore, I constantly met and/or spent time with new individuals and Spanish natives. Also, I had the opportunity to visit other villages and cities within Spain through the institute and on my own time. It was great to have the chance to travel and explore other places while I studied abroad. It was an unforgettable experience and I plan on possibly returning next summer to continue learning about the country, culture, and people."