Grace College Students Spend the Summer Abroad
Four Grace students had the opportunity to spend time abroad this past summer studying in various fields as part of their degree programs. Spanish Education major Heather House lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina from May through November to study Spanish at the University of Belgrano. Shaily Cripe traveled to Madrid, Spain to study at a university to fulfill her Spanish minor. This was Cripe’s second trip to Madrid after studying abroad there as an exchange student during high school. Students Lindsey Tomer and Ben Gummere also fulfilled study abroad trips to Fiji and Ireland, respectively.
“I thought I would come to Spain and just pick up where I left off three years ago,” said Cripe. “However, it has been much harder than that. God has really been showing me what great friends I have. Even though I’m over 4,000 miles away, they still seem to make my day. I’m most excited about having the chance to go back and visit my other host family.”
“The best part of my trip so far is when I got the chance to travel to Cordoba (a different province in Argentina) with my sister Ashley,” said House. “It was amazing to be in a different country and experience the culture with her, and continually practice my Spanish! We spent time with a church there and traveled to see the mountains. In general, it is great to experience another culture. It really pushes you outside of your comfort zone and makes you do things you normally wouldn’t. I love how much I have learned about my own culture through the eyes of Latin America.”
Study abroad programs through Grace are part of a complete education that allows students to experience other cultures to better prepare themselves to work and serve anywhere they choose. Several Grace College majors and minors require study abroad to immerse students in the target culture and language. These include international business, intercultural studies, and languages. Programs vary in length, but they encourage students to consider staying at least a semester in order to make the most of their time abroad. Many students have shared that the impact of living in a culture through the study abroad program lasts a lifetime.