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Puerto Rico - Su12

posted Sep 2, 2012, 3:29 PM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Nov 30, 2013, 4:41 AM ]
Adolescence Spanish Education major, Elizabeth Rosa Morales (, participated in the SUNY Oswego study abroad program at La Universidad de Río Piedras, on the outskirts of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in Summer 2012.  Rosa shares her experiences from this 4-week summer program below and invites you to contact her if you would like to know more about the program.

What was the program like?

This summer program was about understanding Puerto Rican Culture. There was a history class about Puerto Rico and the influence of the United States and other countries on Puerto Rico.  There was also
a Spanish class that could be taken at different levels, such as basic, intermediate, and advanced. 
How did this study abroad experience inform, influence, or change you?
This study abroad experience helped me realize that different cultures in the world make human beings special and unique. Now, I want to travel to other countries and learn about other cultures.

What experiences helped you develop your target language skills?
I am a native speaker of Spanish, so I mostly learned about the culture of the "Enchanted Island" of Puerto Rico. 

How did the study abroad experience help you develop cultural understandings?

I think that studying abroad gives the opportunity to interact with a new culture. When I was in Puerto Rico, I had the opportunity to talk and observe Puerto Ricans.  Most Puerto Ricans are friendly and outgoing.

 What special stories or experiences illustrate the value of the program for you?

In the Puerto Rican history class, we had several trips to different places in the island.  On our trip to Culebrita, I learned how to swim.  Culebrita its like paradise to me.  A Puerto Rican family helped me and gave me confidence when I was trying to swim.  They taught me how to swim.  I value this program because I had the opportunity to learn many things, and I now I have many experiences. These experiences will help me in my future career.