EKU Spanish and French major Tyler Pack talks about his experiences studying abroad
Throughout my college career I have been able to experience a lot of the world. I worked at a daycare in Ecuador helping low income kids. I studied in the massive Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. And now I am currently on my third study abroad in historic Cusco, Peru. I haven’t just been stunned by the beauty that the world has to offer, I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing and very talented people along the way.
I have had the opportunity to lose myself over and over again and come back a better version of myself. This is to say that the people that I have met have shown me different ways of life that i would not have been exposed to had I not studied abroad. I have been able to examine my way of life in comparison with so many others, trying to be the best version of myself.
One thing that I have noted from meeting so many different people is just how diverse and talented the world is. Everywhere I have gone I have been surprised by the people I met. The talent, determination and humility of others have inspired me to do my best and be my best.
A very important thing that I have taken away from studying abroad is just how fortunate I am to have to opportunities that I have. Unfortunately, some of the talented people that I have met may never have the opportunity to advance in their fields, and be the best version of themselves simply due to their lack of opportunity. This has made me realize that I must work hard in anything that I do, and not take one opportunity for granted.
Studying Spanish and French at EKU have provided me the stepping stones necessary to future success. I am able to communicate better with others, and with more confidence. I have learned cross cultural communication skills that are invaluable in our ever shrinking world. And I have learned how to be resilient and hold my head high in uncomfortable situations.
The skills that I have taken away from studying at EKU will make me a more marketable student and employee. I will continue my education after graduating from EKU, and I am positive that the skills I have learned will be invaluable to my future academic success. These skills will also aide me in my future profession. Communication, confidence and resilience are key!
Published on April 09, 2019