Ronda: Spanish Culture and Language
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Lance Rich

Liberal Arts Major: Spanish
Other Major: Accounting
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I participated in a Penn State faculty run study abroad experience. I lived with an amazing Spanish host family and took 3 Spanish classes with other Penn State students. My host family helped me develop my Spanish language skills and really understand the culture. As a Penn State group, we took bus trips to several attractions in southern Spain.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I took 3 Spanish courses in 6 weeks which is very demanding. Even though it is a lot to manage, I learned a lot vocab, culture, geography, and history. Academically, taking 3 Spanish courses gets me closer to completing my Spanish major. The other students took their academics seriously, so it was nice to be surrounded by peers pushing you to do better.

"In my future career, I would love to travel to Spanish speaking countries for an American company and do business with the Spanish speaking world."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Learning Spanish as a second language and studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country are very impressive feats to put on a resume, which should help me in the job market. In my future career, I would love to travel to Spanish speaking countries for an American company and do business with the Spanish speaking world.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Being that the Ronda Program is a faculty led program; the Penn State professors were extremely supportive. For example, they organized all our excursions, so students did not ever need to worry about transportation or hotels. The professors also showed us where to set up our cell phones, obtain euros, and buy school materials. The enrichment funds I received from the College of the Liberal Arts were also greatly appreciated.

For more information on study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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