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Cara Appleton, Admissions Counselor

As a native of Phoenix, Arizona, from a very young age, I would hear my friends speaking Spanish and knew that learning Spanish was something I must do. I first studied abroad during high school in Santa Fe, Argentina, and continued to work on my Spanish language skills while attending Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. During my junior year, I studied abroad again, this time in northern Spain. While in Spain, my host family was the best. When I would mess up a word or get confused, they were so helpful, and their corrections often provided amusing stories I would later share with my friends. During my time in Spain, I traveled to Italy over Easter Break. Italy was amazing and gave me the chance to eat gelato and see the Colosseum in all its gladiator glory.

After returning, I spent a summer interning in San Jose, Costa Rica. The “Ticos,” as those from Costa Rica call themselves, are warm and inviting, and their Spanish is very easy to understand. There were many late nights I spent talking with my Tico friends, listening to the tree frogs sing, accompanied by a massive plate of roasted chicken, rice and beans, and more fresh, tropical juice than you can shake a stick at!

Are you dreaming of studying abroad? As an Admissions Counselor with CEA, I can guide you through the process to make that dream a reality. I am excited to get you started in selecting a program that fits your personal, academic, and financial needs. When not counseling students on study abroad, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing with my cuddly dog, and exploring the Arizona desert.

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