Cameron Brown spent spring 2013 at Universidad Veritas.
During Cammie’s semester-long
stay in Costa Rica, where residents refer to themselves as "ticas," she lived with a host family. "In addition to my "tica" parents, three-year-old sister, and two dogs, I lived with six other students from the United
States. We were one big happy family,” says Brown. Not all students who study abroad live in
home-stays; many choose to stay in university dorms or apartments. However, Cammie says, “I don’t think my experience would have been as amazing as it was
had I not been with a host family.”
An Early Childhood Education and Child Studies (now Children, Youth, and Families) double
major with minors in Psychology and Spanish, Brown says that she chose Costa Rica as a study location because of her love for the Spanish language. "My goal was to complete my Spanish minor while there, through two intensive Spanish courses. Not only
did I achieve my goal, but I also learned so many new things about the Spanish
language and Costa Rican culture. In the future, I will seek teaching opportunities that incorporate Spanish language learning
because language study at an early age opens countless doors for young learners."
At Universidad Veritas, Cammie
joined a social media club where she wrote articles about her experiences in Costa Rica. Upon return to the USA, she was appointed a study abroad ambassador by AIFS Study Abroad, one of Lesley's study abroad partner organizations. In this role, she advises prospective
students abroad about the array of opportunities available at Lesley. According to Jordan Santos, a business major who is on his way to Costa Rica for the spring 2014 semester, "Cammie and I have been friends since freshman year, and she played a pivotal role in influencing my decision to choose to study in Costa Rica. I was drawn to the country because of its environmental efforts and biodiversity. In addition, I will
complete a community service internship and work on my Spanish. After
hearing about Cammie's experience, I knew Costa Rica was the place for me.
"My goal was to complete my Spanish minor while there, through two intensive Spanish courses. Not only did I achieve my goal, but I also learned so many new things about the Spanish language and Costa Rican culture."
- Cameron Brown
When asked about favorite part of the study abroad experience, Cammie says, “I learned to
embrace other cultures, be open to different and new experiences, and take
those “once in a lifetime” chances when you know you have the opportunity.
I found myself doing things I never imagined
myself doing, including: horseback riding to the base of a volcano, bathing in
hot springs, zip-lining the canopy of a rain forest, tutoring at an orphanage,
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