Starting a legacy: Thoughts on studying abroad in Uruguay

February 19, 2016

ISEP student Carlos R. is a part of ISEP Voices Spring 2016. He is an international business major from Monmouth College, and is studying business and Spanish while abroad at Universidad Católica del Uruguay in Uruguay.

Being a “first” has become a theme in my 21 year old life. From my family… I was the first to graduate from high school. I was the first to go to a 4-year college. I was the first to become a NCAA athlete. Now with my airline ticket bought, host family chosen, and the famous Facebook announcement made, I will be the first in my family to study abroad. As of February 19, 2016, I have 8 days before I hop on a plane to begin my 5 month journey to study abroad in the beautiful city of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Student stands in front of Montevideo sign in Uruguay
Student stands in front of Montevideo sign in Uruguay

Photo by ISEP student Mary H.

I will be attending La Universidad Católica del Uruguay, and I’ll be there from February until the end of July. In the United States that means summer time! Being in the Southern hemisphere in Uruguay, it means the end of summer through winter. This may seem like a bummer. Fortunately, Uruguay’s winter weather consists of temperatures ranging from 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Coming from the Midwest, that sounds wonderful!

Being a Spanish heritage speaker, studying in Spanish should be a piece of cake, right? NOT! I am nervous about the different type of Spanish that will be spoken, which makes me anxious but feel that will come naturally.

So the questions is…

Am I nervous? Well, being a veteran of “firsts,” nervous is not in my vocabulary. Although I am guilty of feeling anxious about leaving, that’s about it. I anticipate more feelings to start coming out as time runs down.

My goal with this blog is to share my experiences of studying abroad in Uruguay and also to demonstrate that anyone of any background and location can fulfill their dream of studying abroad.

As of now…

Ready… Set… Uruguay!

*Carlos’ story of a ‘veteran of firsts’ going to study abroad shows how ISEP can help students of any background can make study abroad work with their finances, classes and goals. Check out our programs on the ISEP website to see ISEP can help you study abroad.

Want to see more from our ISEP bloggers? Learn more about our ISEP Voices Spring 2016 group.*

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