Plus3 Argentina: the finale. Two weeks flew by, but the lessons I learned and the knowledge I gained from this trip will stay with me no matter how far I travel from Buenos Aires. Before packing my bags and making the journey to Argentina, I was worried about how my first experience studying abroad would go. I wondered if I would be able to branch out and make 20 new friends, if the location I chose would be the right one for me, and how valuable the experience would actually end up being.
If only I could go back in time and tell myself not to worry about these things. After two weeks, I have developed some of the most incredible friendships, made a new city feel like home, and learned more than I ever thought I could about the country of Argentina.
Though much of our focus was on the healthcare industry throughout this trip, I enjoyed the combination of site visits and academic lectures paired with cultural activities and experiences. Our group had the ability of visiting a primary care center in the municipality of Tigre during the morning, and then hoping on a bus to catch a Tango lesson later that afternoon. I was thrilled to be able to obtain a better understanding of how healthcare systems generally function, while also having the chance to explore Buenos Aires and learn more about Argentina’s unique traditions.
Another meaningful aspect of this trip was being given the opportunity to meet and interact with the area’s locals. Volunteering at Conin, speaking with the heads of staff at the various hospitals we visited, and becoming friends with the students at Austral made for an incredible and eye-opening experience. These were moments I will not forget, and the people that were a part of them truly made the learning process that much more interesting.
Though this trip was only two weeks long, it felt like so much more. It was the kickstart to my summer that has inspired me to want to continue studying abroad and to find those special life experiences that are vital towards personal and academic growth. Sitting at home now and reflecting on my journey, I am so pleased that I made the decision to open up an application for Plus3 all the way back in the Fall. I saw something that looked fun and thought “Why not?”. Little did I know how much the experience would mean to me later on.
I’d like to thank Bradley Miner and Dr. Grant Martsolf for all of the hard work they put into creating this program, and for being there for all of us throughout this crazy adventure. I would also like to thank our friends over at Austral and the CAPA staff. Without them, this trip would not have been able to be what it was, and it was so great to have them lead the way throughout this incredible country. Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude to all those that supported me and my passions of studying abroad. Thank you to Mrs. Linda Haller, the Henry E. Haller, Jr. scholarship, and my parents for so graciously helping to fund this trip. The experience would not have been possible without each and every one of you, and I am so grateful for the opportunities that you have given me.
Gracias por todo. ¡Hasta la próxima vez!