Isaac Sider-Echenberg is a third-year Bachelor of International Business (BIB) student in the Spanish language stream. Isaac is studying at Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. (All students in the BIB program are required to study abroad for their third year at one of our partner institutions.)
Tell us about yourself!
I am a third year BIB student with a minor in Spanish, born and raised here in Ottawa. I’ve been very involved with extracurricular life at Sprott since arriving in 2014. I’m currently serving as the President of SIBA, after serving as VP Events in my second year, I’ve served as the BIB representative for both the Faculty Board and the Carleton Academic Student Government, I’ve been a facilitator during Sprosh week, and I have been a member of DECA for the past 2 years. I’ve played music for my whole life (drums, piano, guitar, ukulele, etc.), and have been a competitive soccer player since I was nine. My favourite music to listen to is probably soul music (Leon Bridges, Sam Cooke, Earth Wind and Fire, etc.). I’m hoping to work in either international trade or microfinance upon graduation!
How did you choose your language of study?
I chose Spanish because it is an incredible language that opens up many avenues across the globe. As one of the most spoken languages in the world, being able to speak Spanish allows me to travel and communicate effectively across many cultures and countries. Also, food from Spanish speaking countries tends to just be the best :)
Have you travelled before?
Yes. I’ve been to fortunate enough to have visited Europe several times, with my family, the music program at my high school and with my soccer team. Within Europe, I have visited England, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic (I guess the Vatican and Monaco count too). As well, I went to China as part of a cultural exchange with the ISSO last April and May, which was an incredible experience. But I have never been to South America before, so I’m quite excited to go.
What three things must you pack?
Really depends where you are going! I’d say the three most important things to bring with you travelling (besides your passport, clothes and toiletries) are a good day bag, a versatile/durable pair of shoes, and a camera. I guess also a sense of adventure, obviously.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to exploring the southern tip of South America, specifically Patagonia. I’ve been doing research into it, and so far I haven’t seen a single photo of the region (especially Torres del Paine National Park) that hasn’t blown me away. Hiking and camping Patagonia is an experience that I don’t think I could afford to miss.