Megan is a third-year Bachelor of International Business (BIB) student in the Spanish language stream. She 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.)
Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about your goals and interests:
From a young age, it was always a goal of mine to pursue an exchange at some point in my academic career. After completing a six-month exchange to Dijon, France in 2011, I knew I wanted to go on another exchange in University. Through all the experiences that I have been a part of at Carleton university and through the BIB program, my eyes have been opened to the amazing opportunities that are out there for passionate individuals, like myself, with an interest for international business.
Why did you choose your language?
Having done an exchange to France, I have been able to immerse myself in the French language and can confidently use it in day to day life. I decided to pursue Spanish through the BIB program due to its similarities to French, my love for Latin culture, and for the opportunities this language will open me up to as a working professional in an international business setting.
Have you ever travelled overseas before? If so, where?
Yes, I have traveled to many places. I have completed a six-month exchange to Dijon, France in 2011, I have traveled to Brazil, and have recently been to India through the India Study Tour at Carleton University (amongst other trips). Traveling is the best kind of class room and I cannot wait for more!
What 3 things MUST you take with you while abroad?
- A camera
Pictures are worth a thousand words. To this day, I look back at picture from family adventures and it is truly the only way you can capture a memory. This exchange will be one of the most amazing and memorable experiences of my life and I do not want to miss a second of it.
- Hiking boots/backpack
I plan on doing a lot of traveling in order to make the most of my time abroad. I love hiking and Chile and South America has some amazing places to do so.
- An open mind
I will be in a completely new country with a different culture. Without an open mind, I will not be able to experience my exchange to its fullest and I will not be able to immerse myself to the best of my abilities.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to progressing in the Spanish language, to eat different food, and to meet amazing people along my journey.