IES Abroad - Madrid
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Haley Guay

Major: Psychology
Minor: Labor & Employment Relations; Spanish
Hometown: Roanoke Rapids, NC

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I made in college. Not only did I develop my language skills, I learned how to navigate my new world and explore other cultures. I also gained an incredible amount of knowledge about Europe and the country in which I lived and made lasting relationships. While there was a lot to do in my host country, I had the opportunity to travel to many countries in Europe. I took advantage of the accessible public transportation and flexible class schedule.

Not only did I develop my language skills, I learned how to navigate my new world and explore other cultures.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My Spanish skills improved tremendously, and I learned a great deal about the culture of Madrid. My classes were tailored to the Spanish culture so I learned about important topics relevant to Spain, such as business etiquette, art, and history. I was also able to fulfill most of my Spanish minor credits. Overall, I think the advantage of studying abroad is learning from professionals who are accustomed to the country and have a wealth of knowledge. While I learned about the subject matter in the classroom, I also learned about the people and way of life in Spain through class discussions and debates. In addition, I developed my time management skills and traveling skills.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

Upon my return to the United States, I will be prepared to graduate. I will work as a Human Resources Generalist for a company outside Baltimore, MD. There I will develop my skills in the field and potentially go back to school for a Masters in Education or PhD. in Psychology. Studying abroad has impacted my career goals by helping me develop my language skills and understand my strengths and room for improvement. My business course taught me skills that I can apply to the workplace, such as reviewing a resume from a Spanish business perspective and interacting with other professionals in a Spanish speaking country.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, I would recommend studying abroad to other Liberal Arts students. However, I advise students to have a better understanding of how their credits will transfer back to Penn State and communicate concerns to their advisers.

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