Why Study-Abroad with APSU (Reflection)

July 21st, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

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The Study Abroad Program at APSU is one of the greatest assets of this university and it will allow you to reach your goals. By learning about another country, you will be able to acquire a better education and have a deeper knowledge in your professional career. By going to another country students can embrace the diversity the world has to offer. What this means is classroom instruction in action! Any classes taken abroad can be challenging; however, you can immerse yourself in cultures of the globalized world in which we live. Also, You have the opportunity to acquire new information, practice languages, and share you values or culture with other people. By immersing yourself into the culture of a different country, you will able to apply what you have learned into you daily life. Study abroad programs are truly a life changing experience. There is always something new and exciting to learn for example, idiomatic expressions, your name with a different accent, and what people thinks about you own country.

APSU, International Department

July 2nd, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

 

If you’re traveling abroad for studies with APSU, you need to equip yourself with the advice of the International Department of APSU.  Every student in APSU must know the importance of visiting the international department, as they solve your questions and doubts. Once you go there you’ll find it easy, even though the process takes time your dream of visiting another country becomes a reality. Tina Rousselot de Saint Ceran, Coordinator of International Department, explained to me different options that Austin Peay offered.

 

Before Study Abroad

July 2nd, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

 

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Study Abroad is one of APSU’s greatest assets. This year, students have the opportunity to travel to the South Cone. The trip to Latin America was always a trip to Mexico. However, most students have already been to some part of this country or have some sort of knowledge about it. This year, a small group of students decided they wanted to go further south. We are on our way to Argentina. I talked to the members of my group and they all agree in one thing: they want to learn about the culture of Latin America. In  order to accomplish this, it is important to travel to many different countries. Once cannot speak of Latin America by knowing just one or a few traditions or customs that are specific of one region. This year,  believe we are traveling, further south than previous students have done before. We, students want to learn about the world hands on, seeing and absorbing the way, in this case the Argentine, thinks, relates to others, has a perspective of the rest of the world. We, as college students interested in the future of our world, want to be in contact with different cultures and points of view in order to embrace the diversity of the world in which we live. Moreover, our group special interest in the Spanish languages, culture and life style.

Un Viaje Divertido con Estudiantes de APSU

July 2nd, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

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Traveling together with students from APSU is a great advantage, as they bring the same idea, visit and learn about the country. Upon arriving at the airport in Nashville TN, one is with classmates, a unique experience as you normally would travel with family and sometimes friends, and classmates created a very enjoyable and interesting environment. Any topics of conversation during the trip were heard in every corner, because each trip is different especially with students who have goals. During the 12-hour flight trip we had fun.

 

 

 

First Day in Buenos Aires

July 2nd, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

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The city of Buenos Aires has a number of activities that can be done, but time flies when you are having fun. The first thing to do was to go to the Loi Suites Esmeralda and take break for two hours. After break, we walked to downtown and popular strees around the hotel, during the walk there is a great number of people who walk, buying and selling different kind of products. At this area APSU students have met relevant places that made and took history in the Argenina. For example, the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cabildo, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, the Tower of Babel (books), Florida Street which is one of the busiest walk streets in the capital, the world’s widest street “Avenida 9 de Julio”, and so on. In each place we were with the clock running because time is short and palces are many.

 

La Boca, Buenos Aires City

July 2nd, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

 

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Argentina is a country built with Inca, european immigration, and few other cultures. This country open its door to anyone who wants to live and have a dream in the southern cone. Over the year the presidents and argentine people welcome other nationalities. Recalling that BuenosAires City has a small neighborhood, where people came and comes from all sides of the world, whether to live or visit. La Boca is the place where immigrants build small nigborhood. The APSU students’ thinks that this neighborhood is very cartoonish and unrealistic because when you are there, you can see and feel the atmosphere that characterize. Our first reaction was unexpected surprised, because you can see people from different part of the world and you can talk with them. they are very friendly, humble, funny, etc… among other things.

 

Recoleta, Buenos Aires City

July 2nd, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

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When you take latinoamerica literature or history classes, the first thing that comes to you mind are historical characters, places, books, or professors. The APSU students visited Recoleta, where it is buried important characters that have significance in the history and literature of Argentina. For example, Eva Peron who was important instrument in the ideology of the government of Argentine today, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (writer, president, activist), General Tomás Guido, Coronel Manuel Dorrego, Dr. Alfredo Palacios, Ortiz de Rozas (dictator) among other important characters. The interesting part about this cementary is that these people lived with fame, privileges and are still  remembered. As well there graves are build like a house, with walls and roof. This place reminds me my literature classes. I talked with  the group about APSU classes and everyone were agree in the importance to learn by observing.

 

Salta City

July 2nd, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

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 The city is call “Salta la Linda” (The Beautiful Salta ) This place has  a great number of activites that students can engage in the purpose of learning and enjoy the culture or geographical regions. Throughout our excursions in Salta, APSU students visited museums, Archeological areas, churches,  the Andes, and much more. The museum we went to visit was “Museo de alta montaña” where we observed mummies that looks like people taking a “Siesta”(nap). Around Salta there are different atmospheres that we enjoyed. For example, APSU students visted the jungle, the Andes and streams. I think the most import from these experience was to talked with people and share cultures.  The nightlife in this city begins at 2 am and ends at 7 or 8 am. There are many tango night shows, restaurants, bars, etc.

 

 

 

Humahuaca, Around Mountains and Streams

July 2nd, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

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Ver montañas puede ser aburrido, pero si encuentras lo interesante, te divertirás y te sorprenderás de la   naturaleza. Esta excursión empezó alas 7 am saliendo del Hotel en Salta. El grupo de APSU viajamos 500 kilómetros para ver una gran variedad de paisajes y comunidades rurales. Empezamos a 1152 metros y terminamos a 2946 metros sobre el nivel del mar. En estos lugares nosotros nos mezclamos entre indígena Inca y observamos las necesidades de la población. Platicamos con ellos y nos daban su punto de vista sobre vivir en una área rural o urbana y tener un sueño. Yo en particular hable respecto economía, política, familia y vivir feliz. La experiencia es única, ya que el estilo de vida de muchos de ellos es humilde.

 

Little more about Buenos Aires

July 2nd, 2011 by Jorge Alberto Jiménez Cano

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Caminar por el centro de Buenos Aires, entrar a la  Catedral Metropolitana y ver la tumba de José de San Martín libertador de Argentina, Chile y del Perú, es una sensación de orgullo porque ahora es parte  del conocimiento que compartiré con la gente. El Cabildo ubicado en frente de la Casa Rosada y la plaza de Mayo comparte una antigüedad de mas de 250 años. Este lugar guarda muebles, documentos, arte, armas de los siglos 1700 y 1800. Las calles céntricas de Buenos Aires, se puede ver una gran variedad de edificios de influencia francés, italiano y español. Yo en particular me sorprendí al ver estos edificios al lado del otro sin la nesecidad de estar en Europa.