When I originally set out to study abroad, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I figured I would take a few classes, learn a few new things, and try my best to pick up the language. Despite the very name of “study abroad” I had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that I would be doing very much studying. The truth is, I study all the time. I put hours of paper writing, presentation rehearsing, and topic researching into every assignment for every class period. Last week, my Spanish for Health Care Professionals class brought in community volunteers to participate in a patient simulation. We conversed with them in Spanish, filled out a medical “ficha,” and even took and recorded some of their vital signs.

One thing that has particularly impressed me about my time in the Veritas community has been the priority on study beyond the classroom walls. Through class excursions I have played games in a nursing home, led a workshop on peace at a local elementary school, and explored countless rivers and waterfalls of great beauty while taking biological samples. Here I learn more than how to read and write. I learn how to interact, to laugh, and to seek a greater degree of understanding every day.

In true Veritas form, I have chosen to skimp on the words in order to let some of the pictures from these experiences do the talking.

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