Alyssa Arens ’18 – IES Health Studies in Santiago, Chile

Hola!  My name is Alyssa Arens and I am a senior at Hope.  I am double majoring in Psychology and Spanish, on the pre-health track to pursue a career in occupational therapy.  As a student in the IES Health Studies Program in Santiago, Chile, I will have the opportunity to combine Spanish with my vocation in healthcare!  Not only will I be taking health-related classes, but I will also have the opportunity to shadow and volunteer in various medical settings.  Back at Hope, I have been involved in Orientation, Dance Marathon, and immersion trips, and although I will certainly miss these things, I am beyond excited to take part in a new adventure abroad!  Follow along on my journey of navigating public transportation, decoding Chilean Spanish, overcoming FOMO, and all the other wild stories studying abroad will entail!

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