Comfort Zone? I don’t know her!

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I waited to write this blog until after we returned from the Galapagos, and I am so glad I did. This weekend was a great opportunity to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone. So, the theme this week is comfort zones: when to…

Conquering Fears One Adventure at A Time

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Over my last two weekends abroad I was able to travel to two very different areas of Ecuador. During my fifth week of the program I traveled to San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos with five of the girls on my program, and my…

A Reflection: Being Grateful For My Experiences Abroad

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito,Ecuador My time in Ecuador has impacted my life in numerous ways. I was completely immersed in the Ecuadorian culture the minute I was welcomed by my host family at the airport. They welcomed me with open arms and I spent a great amount of time…

Just a Tremor

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador “No worries, that was just a tremor,” said my host mom after feeling my fifth one of the day yesterday night around 10 pm. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is used for a non-earthquake seismic rubbing, and it feels like a…

¿Te Gusta?

Cassidy Eastman Major: Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador When I finally made it to the Quito airport, my host father was there waiting for me with open arms, despite the fact that it was 1:00 am. On the ride home, he kept telling me how excited he and his family…

The Cure for Homesickness

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador When I go home, I am going to miss the mountains most of all. Every morning, I walk to the university: La Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, which is about 15 minutes away from my host family. Some mornings the mountains are hidden behind…

“More Empanadas, Please.”

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I have officially been living in Ecuador for two weeks today and I can proudly say I have made many improvements in my Spanish language skills. I am able to confidently order food without ‘surprise ingredients’ and hold brief conversations with people rather than responding…

Pre-Departure Feels:

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I have heard that the only way to learn a new language is to either start learning when you are very young or to become fully immersed in the culture. Since I am now 20 years old, I no longer fit into the first option,…

Learning to be Independent: What Studying Abroad has done for me!

Katie Elms Major(s):Organizational Communication Program:Spanish in Quito, Ecuador When I decided to study abroad, I never figured it would be a family adventure. I’m sitting now in a hotel room near Chicago’s O’hare airport. Today, my family drove me down to Chicago so we wouldn’t have to rush in the morning for my flight at…

Momma, I’m Going to Ecuador!

Cassidy Eastman Major(s): Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I decided to come to Quito kind of on a whim. As with everything else in my life, I procrastinated deciding what minor I wanted to do until just about the last possible second. I decided so late that by the time…

Don’t go Chasing Waterfalls (in Mindo)

Katie Kozlowski Anthropology, Global Studies, and Spanish Major Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Summer I, 2018 This weekend, my classmates and I planned an excursion to Mindo, a town two hours north of Quito. Mindo is a cloud forest which means that it’s a tropical forest with persistent cloud cover(and heavy fog every evening after about 5:00pm). …

Pre-departure Nerves and Excitement!

Katie Kozlowski Anthropology, Global Studies, and Spanish Major Spanish in Quito, Ecuador They say that when learning a language, you truly have a grasp on what you’re learning when you dream in your new language. I’ve dreamt in Spanish before, but this past week, I’ve had a couple of nightmares in Spanish. They’ve ranged from me…