Puebla, Mexico
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Taylor Kowalsky

Liberal Arts Major: Spanish
Other Major: Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Throughout my study abroad experience, I was able to be immersed in the Mexican Culture while improving my language skills. I had a fantastic time visiting archeological sites, museums, and the beautiful waterfalls of Puebla, Mexico. I formed life-long bonds with the other students that went on the trip as well as my amazing host family. This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never, ever forget.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I was able to learn about the history and literature of Mexico in classroom settings with Penn State Professors. This allowed us to have some familiarity with our classes and feel comfortable because we were around Penn State staff. We were engrossed in a theater class with a Professor from the IBERO college that we took classes at, which was an amazing hands-on experience like none of the classes I have taken in the US.

"We were engrossed in a theater class with a Professor from the IBERO college that we took classes at, which was an amazing hands-on experience like none of the classes I have taken in the US."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

In the future, I would love to work with the Spanish language in correlation with young children. Whether that be by teaching Spanish or simply working with students that speak Spanish, this is something that I would love to do. During this abroad experience, we took a trip to an indigenous school where the students taught us about their projects and how they learn. This made me want to be immersed in their culture even more and emphasized my desire to work with Spanish-speaking children in the future.

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.)?

Through the College of Liberal Arts I was able to gain a lot of guidance and funding for my trip. I remember one of the Professors coming into my Spanish class early on to introduce the study abroad experience to us, and ever since then I was hooked on applying to this one specifically. The College of Liberal Arts hosts a lot of informational meetings about different study abroad experiences, which was really helpful.

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