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CENet Scholar Blog: Cómo se dice “may the Force be with you?”

Mauricio is the recipient of the CENet Study Abroad scholarship this semester. He’s spent the fall semester in Quito, Ecuador at Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

Here are two of his recent blog posts:

October – Colombia, Ecuadorian Indie Rock, Guayasamín Museum, & Frida Kahlo

November – Cuenca, Star Wars Party, Cuicocha, Otavalo, & Baños

See why Stars Wars is such a big deal for USFQ.

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CENet Scholar Blog: September in Ecuador

“The month of September is proof that Ecuador is a mesmerizing, beautiful, and captivating country with so many different places to visit and learn from.” – CENet Scholar Mauricio Carrillo

Find out more about all the adventures Mauricio experienced during the month of September:

 

CENet Scholar Blog: Reflecting on a semester abroad

CENet Scholar Jael Garner spent last spring studying in Spain and recently spent some time reflecting on her semester abroad. Students who are interested in going abroad can attend the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, October 12 from 10 am – 3 pm in the Talley Student Union Ballroom.

“Study abroad was one of the most amazing things I have decided to do so far in my life. Before it all started I didn’t really know what to expect, what the whole experience would be like or how it would even be like to live in Spain. I was able to make some of the most amazing friendships and connections in my life from class, city events, and at home. I studied in Madrid, Spain and there are many exchange students who do their “Erasmus” or study abroad experience there. I made a lot of Spanish friends but surprisingly my closest friends turned out to be Portuguese, French, German, and Australian.

My favorite things of the experience were the food, the fashion, and the travelling. I won’t lie I did miss the occasional Bojangles stop and other American type foods like ribs and such- but I did learn a lot of new recipes while I was there. My favorite foods were paella, jamon iberico, croquetas, and the Spanish tortilla OMG. The fashion was definitely different I am a fan of European fashion in general but when I first arrived it was so overwhelming. Everyone shops at Zara or Bershka among many other stores and it was always amazing to see students during class online shopping or even walking down Gran Via seeing all the people shopping. I soon fell in and starting going on a shopping craze as well because well come on its fashion. My last top favorite thing was the travelling. Flights are so cheap especially from the airline Ryanair where most my flights cost about 20 to 30 euros. While in Spain I travelled to Italy, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, France, Switzerland, England, Portugal and throughout Spain. Of course 20 euros per flight can add up if you travel a lot not to mention food and travel expenses within the country but it’s worth it definitely. I suggest if you plan on studying abroad in Europe to save a bunch of money to travel!!

My university was Universidad de Complutense. I am a Biology major and if you are in the sciences I really recommend studying abroad even though you think you might not be able to. The school was so different- it was very open aired with graffiti all over the building inside and out, the police aren’t allowed to enter the campuses, and there were often strikes. I clearly didn’t have a car so to get to my university I had to take the metro and then a bus to campus, like most students.

This opportunity was amazing and if I were given this opportunity again I would definetly do it. I recommend everyone to study abroad even if it is during the summer or spring break it is an unforgettable experience.”

CENet Scholar Blog: Mauricio x2?

Mauricio is an NC State senior studying business administration and minoring in Spanish and international studies. He’s our CENet Scholar who is studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador this semester.

Read more about his first week and a half in a new country.

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CENet Scholar Blog: Mauricio in Quito

Mauricio is an NC State senior studying business administration and minoring in Spanish and international studies. He’s our CENet Scholar for this semester. Join him as he blogs his way through South America.

 

Graduation 2017: Hannah Taylor

Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) President Hannah Taylor spent all 4 years of her time at NC State with the organization. She is graduating this May with dual degrees in French and International Studies, concentrating on Global Sustainability and Development. She also completed and received the Global Perspectives Certificate.

“I learned so much about culture and cultural interactions during my four years of CENet,” Taylor said. “I improved my cross-cultural competency, my organizational and leadership skills, as well as communication and public speaking. Working with CENet encouraged me to reflect on my own background, culture, and understanding of my own identity and cultural experiences.”

Read more about her global learning and experiences in her final certificate portfolio.

Congratulations Hannah and thanks for all of your hard work and contributions over the years! We’re looking forward to seeing the great things you’ll do in the future!

Climbing Mount Toubkal

CENet Scholar Blog: Pre-Class Travels

Rewind…to the start of the semester in Madrid for CENet Scholar Jael Garner.

Follow her journeys through Italy, Germany, and Belgium.