Zachary Hall is a third-year Bachelor of International Business (BIB) student in the Spanish language stream. Zachary 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!
My goal is to have left nothing on the table when I leave my exchange. From trying all the food to seeing all of Chile, I want to feel as though I’ve done everything I wanted and more. As the readers will learn from my blogs, I take a lot of interest in people, food and landscapes.
How did you choose your language of study?
I chose Spanish for two reasons. The first of which is that I’ve always been fascinated with the language and the culture behind it. For me, when listening to Spanish music whether it be from Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina or anywhere else, it is compulsory to move your hips and dance to the beat! As a result, I wanted the opportunity to go abroad and experience the culture first hand. The second reason I chose Spanish is that I had studied a little bit of Spanish in high school, and I wanted to continue learning the language.
Have you travelled before?
Fortunately, my parents have always encouraged my sister and I to travel. When I was 11 I traveled to Norway; at age 15 I went to Milan, Italy, and my family and I spent a month traveling through Europe.
What three things must you pack?
A camera! – While taking pictures of monuments is a must, to have a camera to photograph moments with friends is so special that a camera is essential. A few homesick essentials – Maple candies, maple cookies and beef jerky are a few of my Canadian necessities. It’s sweet to have a piece of home with you, especially when its maple anything! An open mind – To truly appreciate traveling an open mind is required. There will be so many differences that without an open mind you may not appreciate what you’re experiencing.
What are you most looking forward to?
All of it! I cannot wait to meet new friends and to experience a new culture; however, I am just as excited to live in warmer climate than both Calgary and Ottawa! If I were to begin to list every aspect of the exchange that I’m looking forward to/most looking forward to, I’d run out of space.