Meet Sky Dedrick (she/her), an official CAPA blogger in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Spring 2020:
University: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Major: Operations and Information Management and Spanish
Study Abroad Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Internship or volunteer placement: TBC
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I am really excited to explore the city of Buenos Aires and travel around South America, if I can. I have a friend who studied abroad in Buenos Aires for a full year, and after hearing her stories and adventures, I can’t wait to see what there is to discover both in and out of the city.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
I have played soccer my whole life and love to kick around any chance I get. I also enjoy photography and watching movies and TV.
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
While abroad, I hope to travel as much as possible and improve my Spanish-speaking skills. I know that I will likely be busy with both classes and an internship, but I want to make sure I take advantage of the time I have and experience as much as possible. For nearly 7 years I’ve studied Spanish, but still haven’t come close to where I want to be in terms of proficiency. I hope that being immersed in a Spanish speaking country will change that.
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
Professionally, I want to perform well at my internship and hopefully avoid embarrassing myself with language barrier issues or misunderstandings as much as possible. Also, I want to understand the similarities and differences of how Americans and Argentinians do business.
What can we look forward to reading in your posts?
I don’t know much about Argentina’s history or any of its famous landmarks. I hope to visit as many as possible and readers will get to follow along and learn with me! Food is another topic I will certainly be covering as I believe it is a key element to appreciating a new culture. Navigating in a foreign country is always an adventure and sometimes daunting, so I plan to give as many tips as I can to ensure safe and easy (as much as possible) travel.