Heidi Specht

Heidi Specht May 2, 2018 9:56 am

‘Do You Eat Chilis in Chile?’

This week, I sat down with my Chilean friends and asked the burning question: What are the most common misconceptions that foreigners have about Chile? I was surprised when everyone starting talking at once. Clearly, there are a lot. Here is a narrowed-down list of questions Chileans...

Heidi Specht Apr 10, 2018 1:31 pm

Claire Weisner ’20, International Studies Major in Chile

My favorite part about studying abroad in Chile is that I am fully immersed in the culture. I live with a Chilean family, so I am constantly in a situation which forces me to use Spanish. Relying on English is not an option. This experience teaches you to be patient with yourself—...

Heidi Specht Apr 4, 2018 11:47 am

Commemorating International Women’s Day in Chile

On March 8, countries all around the world celebrated International Women’s Day.  Being in Chile, I had no idea what to expect for this day. But when I walked into Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), my Chilean university, I was surprised to see it had changed...

Heidi Specht Mar 13, 2018 2:55 pm

My Home Away From Home

My first week in Chile was a brilliant blur of sunny beach days, delicious (and cheap) wine, Reggaeton, and the most difficult Spanish I’ve ever heard in my life. Coming to Chile can be a major culture shock, even for someone who knows Spanish and has previously studied abroad. Still,...

Heidi Specht Jan 3, 2018 3:38 pm

Anna Greenberg, REAL Student; Caroline Leuschner ’20, Peer Mentor

Anna Greenberg: My favorite part of the REAL Certificate is being out in the world, among people, and saying, ‘Hey! Nice to see you!’ and getting to know people in the Arcadia community. Caroline Leuschner '20: Peer mentors get to hang out weekly with some of the students in the REAL...

Heidi Specht Dec 4, 2017 12:53 pm

Where in the World Are You Going?

¡Adios, Arcadia! Next semester I will be crossing off yet another item on my never-ending bucket list and studying abroad in Valparaiso, Chile. Valpo, as the locals call it, is a coastal city an hour north of Santiago. That’s right, I’ll get to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time...

Heidi Specht Oct 31, 2017 3:07 pm

Making the Most out of FYSAE: Internships Abroad

Have you ever gotten that “study abroad letdown?” You know, the feeling that comes after the initial excitement of the first weeks has worn off, after orientation is over and you are back in your normal routine— except, you aren’t. While many people assume studying abroad is fun and...

Heidi Specht Oct 17, 2017 11:50 am

Standing Up to End Rape Culture

#MeToo. The hashtag, which represents victims of sexual harassment or assault, has gone viral worldwide after several women broke their silence in allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. #MeToo posts popped up all over social media as woman after woman came forward...

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