Meet the Fundraiser: Halina C.

Valencia_class1 Meet Halina C., Fundraising participant who will study at AmeriSpan's Valencia Spanish school

What is your background?

I am 20 years old living in Santa Cruz, CA. I have a older brother who is 24. My mom was born and raised in Offenbach, Germany. I currently go to a local Community College called Cabrillo in Aptos, CA and am studying International Business with a Minor in Spanish, next year I will transfer to CSU Monterey Bay for my Bachelor's. 

Do you travel abroad often?
As much as I can! I haven't as much in the last 5 years, but I try to go to Europe almost every other year now. 2 years ago I went to study Italian in Naples, Italy and it was amazing.  

Have you studied abroad?
Only once before, when I was in Italy two years ago, and it was the most fun I had and the most amazing experience to be really immersed in all aspects of the culture.  

Which languages do you speak or have studied?
I speak English but have studied Italian and Spanish.

Tell us about one of your biggest challenges you've encountered abroad.
Probably the biggest challenge was first getting my barings down when I was in Naples. I come from a pretty small town in the Bay Area, and Naples was a bit overwhelming with 3 million people. I was a little intimidated at first, but eased right into everyday life after my first couple days of school.  

Why did you choose an AmeriSpan program?
I didn't want to go with my college again on a trip, I wanted to do something on my own so I decided to look around online. When I found AmeriSpan i got really excited because it looked like a really good school and had such great reviews.

Do you have any tips or advice for others planning to studying abroad?
Anybody you who wants to study abroad, all I have to say is to keep a open mind and try everything! To get the full experience you have to try everything at least once and do as the natives in the country you are in do!


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