Two Colorado State students reflect on thier time here at PUCV
| Lindsay Filkins
Ian and Karla remark on different aspects of thier individual experiences...
Colorado State sophomore, Ian, claimed that upon arrival his host mother played a large part in making him feel welcome with her sincere greetings. The first day of classes, she personally showed him where to catch the proper bus to and from the university and rode along with him to be certain that he was confident on how the system works in Valparaiso. During further reflections of his time here studying at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, he also shared how much of an impact learning a new culture made on him. He strongly stated, ¨I can see how much the decisions we make in the United States are affecting other countries throughout the world, this will make a difference in the way that I will handle decisions once I return to Colorado¨. After only spending three short and fun packed weeks of intensive Spanish and full immersion, it took him from an intermediate level of conversation to a much more fluid advanced level and comfort when speaking to native speakers.
|Ian, Colorado State University student |
|Karla, Colorado State University student|
Colorado State sophomore, Karla, also claimed that her house mother made her feel like a part of the family, greeting her before she even reached the front door of the idyllic house in the characteristic ¨cerros¨ of Valparaiso. Karla has grown up with her Spanish speaking Mexican family and can speak the language quite fluently, but the she explained how the intensive Spanish classes here at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso have greatly improved her composition skills. She also was able to experience another culture outside of her own and discovered the similarities and differences between Central and South American customs and traditions.