We caught up with AIFS alum, Liz, who studied abroad on our Salamanca, Spain program back in 1971. Check out what she’s up to now and how spending a semester overseas impacted her life.
What is one of your favorite moments from your study abroad experience?
My favorite story was having a very handsome matador throw me the ear of the bull he had just put down. A matador only gets an ear for a job well done and so when he threw it to me, I became an immediate celebrity. The Spaniards in my section all offered me wine from the bota bags to celebrate this honor. The ear was a bit gross, but I rose to the occasion and smiled!
How did your study abroad experience impact your career choice and/or lead you to your current job?
I have always enjoyed working with a diverse group of people and believe my experience abroad expanded my horizons and made it possible for me to feel comfortable talking to anyone, no matter what their background or beliefs.
Have you been back to your study abroad location since your time abroad as a student?
I have not been back to Salamanca, but have traveled extensively throughout Spain as I loved the country and its people and wanted to spend more time there.
Are you still in contact with other students or anyone you met during your time abroad?
I am not. Although for a number of years after the experience, I stayed in touch with some of my classmates and a Spanish friend I had made.
Where have you traveled abroad since your time as a student? What are your top destinations for future travel?
I have been fortunate and have traveled throughout Europe, as well as visits to the Middle East and South America. Future travel will include Iceland, Scotland, and Japan.
Any advice for students who are considering studying abroad?
Do it! Studying abroad is one of the best things you can do. You learn that the world is bigger than your own country and it will broaden your perspective on everything. The unique aspects of different countries and cultures are interesting and educational. We can all learn from each other.
Any advice for recently returned study abroad students?
Always keep learning. Save money for travel. In the long run, your memories of a great trip will last far longer than money spent on a trendy item or an expensive restaurant.