Students Christine Soucy, Allison Lewis and Ieshia McDonald all spent their Fall 2013 semester in Argentina. Find out what they have to say about their experience:
"Buenos Aires, the city, and the journalism program here have changed me into a more cultured and open person. The experiences I've had, the people I've met and the many once in a lifetime opportunities I've been able to take advantage of could not have happened anywhere else. My internships here, an editorial one at an art magazine and a publishing one at a nonprofit, improved my writing and conversational Spanish, while introducing me to an incredible culture of artists, musicians, writers, poets and activists. From graffiti and street art to feminism and community development, I've covered a huge range of topics and loved every minute of it. My only regret is that I did not have more time here to experience more. I love the city, and I would recommend the program to anyone with a spirit of adventure."
"My time in the Buenos Aires program was amazing! I learned so much both inside and outside the classroom. The journalism seminar provided a great background about South America, its leaders and current trends, while the journalism internships provided great hands-on experiences that I'll never forget. When you practice Spanish, people are also patient and willing to help you out. There is always something to do in the city as well--it never sleeps. Transportation also makes it easy to travel outside the city and explore places such as Mendoza, Mar del Plata and Iguazu Falls. If you're looking for a change of pace, a place to practice Spanish, or want to experience journalism in a foreign country, I'd recommend the Buenos Aires program, because it has all of those things!"
"Studying and living in Buenos Aires has been an eye-opening experience. It has not only been a cultural journey, but a personal journey for me as well. Each lesson taught at the class seminars have helped me to better understand Argentine society. Argentina is a welcoming, passionate environment that has allowed me to grow in more ways that I can count. From my two internships to the class seminars, there was never a moment when I was not learning. All of these things to say, that I am very fortunate and blessed to have been able to experience this opportunity. I will never forget this time that I have had in Buenos Aires."
MU Journalism students Lucas Moore, Jillian Hausmann, and Trevor Kraus just spent an incredible summer in Buenos Aires. Check out their reflections below to learn more about their internships, Argentinian culture, and being immersed in a Spanish-speaking country.
"I worked this summer at an ad agency in Buenos Aires called Avant Garde. They’re a small agency doing big-name work. While I was there, they were doing brand awareness campaigns for bars and clubs. I designed for brands like Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo and J&B Whiskey. I also got to do logo development for a local sushi restaurant. Finally, I designed a campaign for a Samsung pitch and then got to sit in on the actual presentation meeting with Samsung creatives. I learned tons about how a real agency functions while getting to practice my Spanish skills in brainstorms and the daily work environment.
On that note, my Spanish has improved immensely in my time in Buenos Aires. I worked completely in Spanish, met friends who hung out and spoke only in Spanish and successfully lived a life inside another language. I think the only real way to learn a second language is to speak it all day. I’ve gotten to the point of being able to confidently hold a real conversation with any Spanish speaker.
I would recommend this program to everyone with any interest in journalism, communication, advertising, Spanish or culture. The experience I gained in three months in Buenos Aires will stick with me for a lifetime. I feel prepared to work at any English-speaking ad agency in the states or to travel to any Spanish-speaking country in the world."
"As I reflect on the past two months I spent at FOPEA and International Community of Women with Aids (ICW), I can truly say my internship experiences have been life changing. Not only did I gain valuable practice in my field working with website development, translating blog posts and creating promotional material, but I also gained a great amount of life perspective. This is especially true working with ICW. The passion and kind hearts of everyone in the organization has been truly inspiring. More than ever, I am certain that I would like to make a career and a lifestyle following their footsteps. Whether it’s working in communications for a similar organization such as women and children living with HIV or something entirely different, these women and men have inspired me to find a cause that I am passionate about and put my heart into making it successful.
Likewise, the Journalism and Gender seminars with Carolina were very insightful as well. Looking back, I can’t believe how much knowledge I gained in only two months. The journalism seminars have enlightened me with a much broader view of the world and other cultures, in so many different ways. The gender seminars forced me to think beyond the basics of “what is gender equality”. I now view media, politics, etc. with a gender and cultural perspective and am more critical in these aspects.
I highly recommend this program to any student in the Journalism school looking to improve Spanish-speaking skills and gain cultural perspective. Being the only girl in this summer’s program, I’ll admit I was really nervous about the social and real-life aspects of the trip outside of internships and classes. However, I believe this has made my experience all the more influential. Living by myself, I was forced to use the language at all times as I had no one else to depend on. It also gave me the urge to go out and make friends, which has been one of the greatest facets of my entire trip. Being constantly surrounded by Porteños has made me grow so much in terms of Spanish-speaking and the way I view the world in general."
"So thus ends my time in Argentina. It will be with mixed feelings that I board an airplane on Saturday, principally because of the many friends I’ve made and the many unique experiences I’ve shared with them over the past 2 and a half months. First, the internships: At 24con during this past week, one of my articles was published (http://24con.infonews.com/conurbano/nota/70751-bombonera-o-fenway-las-diferencias-entre-el-deporte-argentino-y-norteamericano/), and another one, which I finished on Wednesday, will be published soon.
While I’ve been here, I’ve had the opportunity to see first-hand how a news staff operates in another country, contributing to it along the way. I made some really good friends with some people on the staff. I hope to keep in touch with them often, and I’m already looking forward to seeing them when I come back, whenever that might be. They were so nice and helpful (in fact, almost everyone I’ve met here in Argentina has been) and I couldn’t have enjoyed my experience nearly as much without their support and friendship.
I feel that I also improved my writing in Spanish by leaps and bounds because every time I would write something, I had a top-notch editor to show me where I made mistakes. The same can be said for my internship with the Sol de San Telmo newspaper, in which I’ll have a story published on August 10th. In general, my Spanish got infinitely better; quicker speech, bigger vocabulary, better comprehension, etc. It’s solidified my belief that Spanish cannot be learned in a classroom; it has to be practiced constantly, and being in a Spanish speaking country is the only way to make that possible."