By Ambassador Alexis Hidalgo, public relations
I’m Alexis Hidalgo and I’m in love with the world. I want to go to every continent before I die and yes, that includes Antarctica. Just after graduating high school I was able to visit Europe, which only made me crave more international experiences. I was thrilled to learn that I could feed my passion for languages, culture and people as a Newhouse student.
My first destination was Santiago, Chile. I was gone for six months, but every moment was incredible and irreplaceable. I now have friends from all over the world that I met during my program. Meeting and building these relationships was my favorite part of the experience. From living with a host family and eating the delicious food, to traveling the country and meeting wonderful people with spectacular stories, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
And I am! This summer I am interning in Madrid, Spain and I could not be more excited. I am living with another host family and I am more than ready for the adventures and experiences that are in store for me. I would recommend that everyone study abroad at some point during their Newhouse experience—and not just because trying new foods is amazing. What I’ve learned in my own travels is that in the process of exploring other cultures and places, you end up learning a whole lot more about yourself.