Throughout the month of May, as thousands of students graduate from college and move forward with their careers, ISA will publish a series of stories from ISA staff members about how their study abroad experiences laid the foundation for their time with the Peace Corps.
By Eric Mackintosh, Ph.D. , ISA Director, Academic Resources and Assessment
Eric Mackintosh, Director of Academic Resources & Assessment
Study Abroad: Valparaíso & Viña del Mar, Chile (with ISA)
Peace Corps: Dominican Republic and Haiti
It is somewhat difficult for me to admit that the impetus for my study abroad experience, and perhaps my interest in global affairs, stems from meeting my high school girlfriend’s parents. My girlfriend was first-generation Colombian, and her parents weren’t too keen on her dating an atheist (they were devoutly Catholic) American who didn’t speak a word of Spanish or understand Latin American culture. The relationship ended long before my curiosity…
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