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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