The Best Semester of My Life! Past Review

By (Millsaps College) - abroad from 08/16/2016 to 12/02/2016 with

Millsaps College: Fall 2015 Semester in Yucatán

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was one of the most worthwhile experiences I have ever had. This trip taught me the power of listening. Listen to everything. The language, market places, calles, and inside local catinas. This trip really taught me that the small details unlock the hidden world of things inside cultural traditions.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

This semester abroad in the Yucatan changed the course of my life in a deep and pivotal way. The friends I made and the sights I saw during these (far too brief) six months are constantly in my mind, and I'm still processing and understanding the Yucatan. Studying abroad with Millsaps gave me a serious case of the travel bug, and I'll be returning to Mexico for many years to come. This trip abroad taught me more than Spanish and Yuctec history- it taught me about myself and who I really am. This trip profoundly changed what I value, what I prioritize, and changed my career path from journalist to public school teacher.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I took a brief trip to Mexico City and was able to visit there very comfortably for around 300 dollars for a week,
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be sure to buy your snacks or food at local grocery stores, and bring a water filter so you don't have to keep buying water bottles!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I entered the course with no formal training in Spanish other than what I had learned in K-12.
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Make friends with people who are your age! You'll learn faster because you'll want to communicate better with your new amigos!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My friends
  • My professors (who I love dearly)
  • All the trips to archaeological sites!
* What could be improved?
  • More assigned books!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew I was about to have my life changed!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!