Kolsrud learns Spanish customs through Study Abroad Program

February 14, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE- UW-Platteville student Stacey Kolsrud has fulfilled her traveling dreams after spending almost four months studying at the Spanish American Institute in Seville, Spain. Originally from Waukon, Iowa, Kolsrud is a junior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in Spanish.

Since she was 15, Kolsrud has always wanted to study abroad. After taking several Spanish classes, she was inspired to travel to Spain to experience the language first-hand and learn more about the culture.

While abroad, Kolsrud lived with a host family that consisted of a father, mother, two sons and a daughter. The children range in age from 23-28 and as is the custom in Spain live with their parents until they are married.

At the Spanish American Institute Kolsrud studied Spanish culture, art and grammar with each of her classes spoken entirely in Spanish.

Between classes, Kolsrud found time to travel to a variety of countries and places including France, Amsterdam, Italy, Canary Island, Island of Malta, Portugal, various parts of Spain and a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea.

"My most memorable experience was a tie between seeing the gorgeous Coliseum in Rome and touring through the numerous museums in Amsterdam," Kolsrud said.

In preparing for her trip, Kolsrud found the UWP Study Abroad Office extremely helpful, with information arriving upon her request. Kolsrud said the study abroad office was on target with everything by preparing her for the culture shock and all aspects of the trip along with answering all her questions.

When asked if she would recommend the study abroad program at UWP to other students, she replied, "Definitely. That was the best fours months of my life and my greatest experience thus far. If I could, I would love to go back for the entire year."

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