After being taught by my Spanish teacher the first two years of high school, I knew I wanted to become fluent in the language. Her thorough teaching and love for her culture and ethnicity ignited a fire in me. This fire has pushed me to pursue a degree in Spanish, and I have decided to get a bachelor’s degree in the language. One way I feel I would fully be able to become fluent in Spanish and better understand the culture and traditions is through full immersion. There is no better way to do this than going to and spending a good amount of time in a country where the first language is Spanish. Traveling abroad in college is the perfect time to do this. Although there are several different countries whose first language is Spanish, through OU, I would have the opportunity to spend a semester at their study center in Puebla, Mexico. This would allow me to be in a Spanish-speaking country, while still paying all that I would here in Norman, Oklahoma since it’s an OU Study Center. Also, since I am not really wanting to go the route of being more independent and becoming an exchange student, this is the perfect option for me. Being able to encounter another country, let alone another culture, would be an experience I would never forget and hold forever in my mind.
Outside of my interest in Spanish, I would like to travel to both Japan and South Africa. I feel many Americans hold this stereotype that an “Asian” person means they look like they are from China or Japan. It is as if everyone has forgotten that Russia is a part of the Asian continent. Traveling to Japan, I hope to better understand how they live everyday life and learn more about their culture, as I am not as informed as I would like to be. Going to South Africa holds the same reasons for me. I am striving to become more knowledgeable of multiple sides of a story, and by traveling to several different countries with different languages and cultures, I can better understand and be enlightened.