Hi my name is Marissa Gowen and I am so excited to leave for Queretaro, Mexico next week! I have been looking forward to this trip all year!
I chose Queretaro Mexico because I want to become more fluent in Spanish and I want to learn more about Mexican culture. I look forward to getting to know more about the Mexican way of life and skills that will prepare me for my future. I also am excited to meet my host family and I can’t wait to get there. I chose Queretaro also because I a taking a ESOL/Bilingual class for my teaching major and I look forward to learning more about the struggles that Mexicans have when they come to the United States. Lastly, I am excited to go because I believe that I will become a more worldly knowledgeable person and I look forward to telling everyone about my experiences and fun times in Mexico.
I think my host culture will be like what I have heard about what Mexico is like. I believe that it will be hot and dry as I have been told. I also believe that there will be a lot of colorful buildings and a lot of good smells and foods as well as that women wear more conservative clothing. Lastly, I think that my host culture will have a lot of extended families and small houses. I see myself interacting with my host culture as a representative of Western Oregon and I will be kind and respectful towards everyone. I am excited because I look forward to trying new things and being abroad in the first place. I have been abroad before but I know that Mexico will be very different than Europe in many ways. I am also nervous because I have never traveled out of the country alone before and I have never lived with people that I have never met before. Lastly, I am so excited to live in another country.