Introducing Jenna – Argentina

May 6, 2014

in Academic Year 2014-2015, Argentina, Central/South America, Jenna Ciszewski

Empezamos!

 Saludos todos! Welcome to my blog!

Over the next 12 months I will be using this space to divulge some of the musings, ramblings, and general pensamientos that run through my brain as I embark on my long-planned study abroad adventure in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After pouring over blogs from current and past study abroad participants, I decided  to write one of my own in the hopes that it would inspire some other simple soul to partake in their own international experience.

While my official departure date is still about two and a half months away, here are some facts about myself and about Argentina to get you started…and hopefully to keep you coming back for more.

  1. I will be spending almost an entire 12 months in Argentina.

Unlike most year-long study abroad programs, which last about 9 months, my program in Buenos Aires is almost a full 12. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Argentina’s seasons run opposite to ours. So, while I start classes in August, I also get two and a half months off (basically summer vacation) halfway through my program.

  1. I will be spending my Senior Year in Argentina.

Walking around campus this semester has been surreal. I still can’t believe that in a few short weeks, although I will not be finished with my college career, my time on campus has come to an end. In some ways, it almost feels as if I am graduating. However, I know that Argentina will be a springboard into my life after college, and I don’t regret my decision despite the bittersweet end to this semester.

  1. I have wanted to study abroad since I was 9 years old.

I have always had a taste for travel. When I was younger, I was fortunate enough to grow up with several Au Pairs (an Au Pair is a sort of nanny who lives with his/her host family for a year and watches the children during the day while the parents are at work). My connection to this international family made me determined to have my own extended international adventure.

  1. The Tango is the national dance of Argentina.

I am unbelievably excited to take Tango lessons in Argentina. However, as those who know me well can attest, my dancing skills are somewhat lacking.

5. Argentina was the first country to use fingerprints to solve a criminal case.

And speaking of fingerprints…in order to obtain my student visa to Argentina, I had to get fingerprinted at the local police station. The prints from the first station I went to did not turn out well, and I was required to go back the next day and pay again to get a second set of prints. I submitted both sets of prints to the government, and about four weeks later I received a letter saying that the prints were of insufficient quality. This time, I decided to go to a different police station where the receptionist told me that if my prints came back as “unreadable” I could get another set of prints free of charge. The moral of this story: make sure you check with the police station you go to so that you don’t end up paying 3 times more than necessary!

I have many more facts that I could share with you, but I’ll save those for later posts once I have more concrete anecdotes to share from Argentina. Although I have un montón of things to do before I leave, that anticipation is building.

Estoy lista para ir a Argentina!

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