Tec de Monterrey in Cuernavaca, Mexico
I grew up around many different cultures, which sparked my interest to continue learning more about different cultures and also how those cultures interact within their own country. Iwas especially interested in the Hispanic culture because I admired their ways of dancing, food, and the strong relationship with family and friends. By studying abroad in Mexico, I was hoping to better understand the relationships between families and how my culture differs from theirs. One of the most important factors that helped me decide to go to Mexico was my desire to improve my Spanish speaking skills, but the experience exposed me to many other values that I didn’t even realize that I was learning.
While I was in Mexico I took 4 classes. One of the classes was a business course, which helped me learn how business is done differently in Mexico. I also took three other courses that dealt with Spanish culture and literature. The courses in Mexico were set up completely different from those at UNCG, but once I adjusted to their methods I learned to really like them. The professors were extremely nice and they made all the students feel very comfortable because they were very approachable. I was able to learn a great deal from my courses, but I also consider all of the friends that I met in my classes a positive attribute.
I lived off-campus in a student inn with eight other students from all over the world. I loved living in the student inn because it was very close to campus and my roommates were very welcoming. I was able to prepare my own food, but the family would also cook for us, so we had the opportunity to try traditional Mexican food. I began to develop close relationships with the other students and it felt like a family. Luckily, there was easily accessible public transportation, which allowed me to travel freely throughout the city. I was very happy about my choices for my accommodations because they turned out to be everything I had hoped for.
I was able to get involved in many activities on campus, for example the weekly dance classes. One of the highlights of my semester was the dance performance that we gave to the entire student body. I also helped organize a fashion show on campus that allowed me to work with the local Mexican students and make new friends. The university hosted several trips that I went on and we traveled to other parts of Mexico. Throughout the week, after my homework was completed, I had plenty of time to hang out with friends and get to know the city. The students at the campus were friendly and they would help us out when we had questions.
What I have learned about myself.
By studying how business is done in Mexico, I was able to improve my Spanish skills while learning new business styles. I also learned many things about myself during my trip. One important aspect that I realized is that I am much stronger than I thought I was. I also noticed that I am very persistent in obtaining my goals. I found out more about myself and what I want to do in life while I was in Mexico because I had the chance to think. I would definitely recommend studying abroad to any student because this experience has shaped my life for the future.