To start off, my name is Steven Kellner and I am going to be a sophomore at the University of Michigan. I have been studying the spanish language since I was in seventh grade and have always taken a liking to it. I have traveled to places like Spain, Mexico, and Belize before, all of which speak spanish to some degree. However, when I visited these places, I was too young in my study of spanish that I was unable to really communicate with the native population in their tongue. Now, I wish to increase my knowledge and grasp of the language by speaking, listening, and taking note of how the people actually comprehend their language.
This will no doubt be a learning experience for me, I want to take advantage of all the opportunities that this program provides. I know there are trips and other things to do, and I would like to do them all. At least, my main goal is to go to Portugal once. Also, the time I will spend living with a host family will be very interesting. I enjoy meeting new people and this will be a great way to do so. I think that I am good with kids and this is an opportunity for me to meet new children and introduce them to things that I like to do like sports and music.
I do not get nervous too often, and I am more excited about this opportunity than scared. I am really looking forward to meeting many new friends and people from Spain who may not have ever seen some of the things I have. My time in Salamanca will be both new and fun for me because I like to try new things. I look forward to this trip and having fun.