By Kelsey Carpenter, CASA Chile Fall 2018 (Cornell University '20)
When I first arrived in Chile, new faces frequently asked me, “Why did you pick Chile for study abroad?” Truth be told, I did not have a great answer to this inquiry. I did not want to go to Europe alongside the majority of my peers. An advisor recommended the country. I needed a program that supported my major. These answers satisfied the questioner, but they only left me further examining my own decision to study abroad in Chile. I thought that...
By Erica Foster-Allen, CASA Chile Fall 2018 (Brown University '20)
I can say with utmost confidence that the highlight of my stay in Chile was the opportunity to connect with people from a variety of different backgrounds. One of such opportunities came about from a class I enrolled in at the Universidad Diego Portales titled ‘Problemátics contemporáneas en Chile: el aprendizaje servicio como motor de cambio, where the students were divided into groups to volunteer with a variety of centers and foundations in some of the...
By Kangrong (Allison) Zhang, SIP Chile 2018 (Harvard '20)
While this summer in Chile is not my first time living in a foreign country for an extended period of time, I still felt butterflies in my stomach as I boarded my flight first to Dallas, and then to Santiago. The main reason for such apprehension is a lack of confidence in my Spanish skills. Interestingly, my biggest takeaway from this journey is also increased confidence in my Spanish and more faith in my ability to adjust and connect with others despite language and cultural barriers.
By Claudia Villalona, CASA Argentina Fall 2017 (Brown '19)
I arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for my semester abroad on a chilly and wet winter’s day in the middle of July, having no idea what the next six months would bring. Looking back almost a year later, it is still hard for me to precisely pinpoint what captured my heart and compelled me to stay for another semester. Nonetheless, my time abroad was an experience that truly changed my life: I immersed myself in a culture that was unfamiliar to me and I learned so much...
by Evan Lehmann, CASA Argentina Fall 2017 (Brown University '19)
While I was first visiting the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), I wandered into a classroom and was met with two students blanketing the walls in political campaign flyers. With my incredibly non-Argentinian Spanish, I asked if I could help, with hopes of learning a bit about the country’s upcoming elections. “Sí, claro,” one of them responded, and for the next hour, we talked about Argentina’s political climate. I learned about the resurgence...
By Annie Savaria-Watson, CASA Chile Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 (Brown University ’19)
The Andes Mountains rise almost 20,000 feet next to the Metropolitan Region. They stand sentinel above Santiago- rising steeply from the valley floor, dipping down towards the city in precipitous rolling foothills, until they bump into the Natural Parks of the city limits, intermingling with the edges of Lo Barnechea, Las Condes, La Reina, Peñalolen, La Florida, and Puente Alto.... Read more about What drew me back?: On deciding to spend a second semester in Chile
By Julia Kirschenbaum, CASA Chile Fall 2017 (Brown University ’19)
As I look out the window of my parents’ living room in New Jersey at a harsh winter whiteout, I am brought back to the view of the snowcapped cordillera that greeted me through my bedroom in Las Condes on my first day in Chile. It is hard to believe that I am already back home after five months abroad.... Read more about Why Chile?: Endnotes on My Semester in Santiago de Chile
By Austen Sharpe, CASA Chile Spring 2017 (Brown University '18)
In my mind, there's no questioning the superiority of google maps, but I've got a bone to pick. When following a route up close, the map occasionally rotates and reverts to showing the full length of a trip. In Santiago, where my mean transport time was over an hour, this...
By Brenda Morales, CASA Chile Spring 2017 (Brown University '18)
When you sign up to study abroad, you are told to look forward to a semester of learning and growth. You are told that studying abroad is an invaluable experience that you will carry on for the rest of your life. After studying abroad in Chile for one semester, I can confirm that all of this is true. ... Read more about Student of life: Studying Abroad in Santiago