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International Community in San José

For Josh, a Fall 2013 CEA Costa Rica study abroad alum and recent University of North Texas grad, studying abroad helped him take his business skills to the next level. 
 Josh Lagunez
CEA San Jose Fall '13 Alum &
Alumni Ambassador

In addition to improving his Spanish-speaking skills, Josh credits his study abroad and CEA Alumni Ambassador experience with helping him further develop his leadership, communication, and global perspective.
CEA: Why did you choose to study abroad?
Josh: The fact is, relationships between countries are growing and the international community collaborates more than ever before. It’s wise to be familiar with another country’s language and culture, and the best way to do that is to be present in that country. The adventurous side of me had a lot to do with it, too. I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone, and I’m all the better for doing so.
CEA: How have you changed because of your abroad experience?
Josh: I developed leadership qualities through learning how to make independent choices in an unfamiliar place and by looking out for fellow students. I also feel even more adventurous than before. Obviously, my Spanish has improved dramatically, but I also feel both mentally and physically stronger. Plus, studying abroad was also an opportunity to form lifelong relationships.

CEA: How has your study abroad experience impacted your life, academics, and/or future career goals?
Josh: I’m focused on a career that doesn’t confine me to the United States, but instead is on a global level. I got a taste of how much is out there, and I don’t want to waste global opportunities.
CEA: How has the ambassador experience helped you after returning home and with your future career goals?

Josh: First, it helped me stick with the CEA family a little longer. Second, encouraging people to study abroad through presentations, promotions, and one-on-one interactions has really improved my communication ability.
CEA: Why do you think it’s important for all students to study abroad?
Josh: It is important for all students because it takes you on a journey of personal growth. Also, studying abroad makes you all the more familiar with and prepared for globalization. It is also an invaluable opportunity to see how people live in contrast to the U.S.

CEA: If you could give any piece of advice to other male students considering study abroad, what would it be?
Josh: I hope that you at least have the confidence to consider it further. Do research on potential countries and talk to more people who have studied abroad. It’s an awesome experience and I hope you go for it!
Josh Lagunez is a CEA Alumni Ambassador and is a recent grad from the University of North Texas. He studied abroad in San Jose in Fall 2013.

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