Spanish Club explores opportunities to study abroad

Julia Finkel (’10)/ Eastside Opinions Editor and Julia Finkel (’10)/ Eastside Opinions Editor

Though most students enjoyed a half-day of classes due to the snowstorm, the learning continued for a few students Monday, February 7 in room C307 after school. Members of the Spanish Club, with supervision from Spanish teacher Ms. Rachel Boswell, met for their monthly meeting.

Jonathan Lim (’10), president of the club, prepared a powerpoint presentation covering study abroad opportunities in Spanish speaking countries. Lim first discussed the pros and cons of studying abroad, and concluded that the experience of learning and living in an authentic Spanish setting is a praiseworthy opportunity.

Various programs for high school students were mentioned at the meeting, including programs at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain and at the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid, Spain. Lim mentioned another program at the Technológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, which is organized by John Hopkins University.

Beyond high school, Lim also presented study abroad programs that are run through many colleges and universities for students above 18 years old. Boswell encouraged the club members to look into the study abroad opportunities at their future schools because it is the best way to learn and improve one’s language, she said.

The meeting concluded with a fun but challenging game of the Spanish version of Apples to Apples, called “Manzanas a Manzanas.” Sitting in a circle, practicing their Spanish and laughing from the game, the Spanish Club started off the third marking period with delightful spirits.

The next meeting will be held in Mid-March, though no specific date has yet been decided.