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By Dagny Ontiveros Not much time to write or do anything but study. I thought the accelerated program at NAU-Yavapai was tough during a regular semester but it is nothing like this!!!! However, I will say that I have leaned so much in a short period of time. My father (many years ago) went through a “brain wash” learn to speak Spanish in a one-month program and it worked. What they did was kept you awake for many days and pummeled you with Spanish 24/7. My dad said that when you can let go and stop fighting the process the language will come. So far that hasn’t happened. BUT I did have my first dream in Spanish last night so I am hopeful the process is working. I am really glad that I did this because I was afraid after all of the work I already put into the classes, I wasn’t completely getting it. Here you have to get it! Class is 24/7 here – the environment is your lab and if you want to get somewhere or find something you have to be able to communicate. For me the hardest part was the fear of sounding stupid and SO WHAT!!! I can sound stupid and say it properly just as easy. lol. Plus, I have always heard that the locals always appreciate you trying and will help you. And they do help a lot!! Of coarse the best part BY FAR are the adventures on the weekends. I Read more »
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By Student Blogger, Martika Flores (re-posted from her blog with her permission) I found out, from the very beginning, that at the college I am currently attending (NAU-Yavapai) there is a study abroad program to Costa Rica to learn Spanish. I’m from a small town so I had to go; an opportunity like this only comes once in a lifetime. After a year and a half of taking courses which apply to my Service Industry Management Bachelor’s degree, it was time to finally go to Costa Rica. I researched a few checklists and followed some blogs about Costa Rica before my trip, trying to find tips on what I should bring and to learn a little about the culture. On one of the blogs I found, there was a quote saying something along the lines of when you’re done packing for your trip, take out half of the clothes and double the amount of money that you are bringing. Well I should have listened to that statement because when I got to the airport my bag was exactly 50 pounds. I wish I could say I couldn’t believe it but I knew the second I picked it up I was going to be in trouble. This trip was my first out of the country trip without my family. Luckily I was flying with my friends who helped me through the airport process. The one thing that I did learn is that snow globes make really good gifts to host families,but Read more »
Well, another session is wrapping up this week, and we couldn’t be prouder of our amazing students. They have done a magnificent job managing class time, homework, and their social spheres these past months, and we hope each and every one of them enjoys a wonderful spring break as they rest up for our next class session. We’re also incredibly excited for our students spending the next 5-week session in Costa Rica, studying with the language instructors at the Universidad Veritas, and practicing their Spanish! We interviewed Spanish faculty Curtis Kleinman about what our students can expect in their study abroad experience: NAU-Yavapai – What do you think is the most valuable part of studying abroad for a student? Prof. Kleinman- Life perspective. When you live your whole life without ever leaving the U.S. your view is too limited. Students who study abroad gain a broader understanding of issues that go beyond the typically ethnocentric U.S. American. When someone speaks of poverty in the U.S. they understand a more full definition of poverty, from a global perspective. A study abroad student understands stuff like that. They are more culturally competent. They can see outside of themselves and share empathy for others. In my experience, they are better humans for it, in nearly every regard. NAU-Yavapai – What kinds of activities will students be participating in while in Costa Rica? Prof. Kleinman – They will be learning an awful lot of Spanish. I hate to use “awful” and “Spanish” in the Read more »