International Spotlight: Angelica Delgado '15

Published on Dec 09, 2014

By Benjamin Mohai (’15)

Music Business major, Angelica Delgado (’15) was always eager to travel abroad, especially when she discovered that Columbia College Chicago has programs that offered her a chance to visit a country she had been dreaming about since she was a young girl, Spain.

After growing up surrounded by the Spanish language, Delgado choose an exchange program with Academic Programs International (API) at Antonnio De Nebriji University in Madrid, Spain. 

What inspired you to pursue study abroad in general, and why did you decide to pursue this particular program or country for your study abroad experience?

I have always been interested in traveling, even when I was younger. My parents would take me on trips to Mexico to visit family there. During those trips, and since, I have always loved learning about other cultures and the way other people live.

Those trips to Mexico were my only experiences prior to studying abroad, but when I came to Columbia I met and became friends with so many different people from different parts of the U.S. and the world, I started thinking about traveling again.

How do you think this study abroad experience will benefit you in terms of your education, future career plans, personal development, etc.?

My aspirations for a career are not limited to work in the United States. Studying in Madrid and learning the language allows me to communicate with people from Latin American countries and Spain which can only help my aspirations to work internationally.

I also learned that seeing how other people live is a way for me to stop and think about other people’s perspectives; studying abroad has allowed me to be even more open and accepting of what others have to offer.

angelica in spain

What was the best/coolest part of studying abroad? 

The best part of my experience was where I was staying. The program provided an apartment for the students in the program to live in and we all grew together. It was a unique experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

I also found out that I am braver. Just in going overseas, it takes courage to drop everything and leave for a certain amount of time. It may seem cliché, but you really are different when you come back. A different part of you is suddenly alive and it’s wonderful.

Learn more about Columbia’s International Programs and how you can study abroad, here.