Claudia Martinez - 2013 Program Participant

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Claudia recently graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Business, with minors in both French and Human Resources. Claudia absolutely loves to dance and hopes to own her own dance studio some day. Her travel goals are expansive, she hopes to visit every country and see the world as much as possible.

Study French in Paris and enjoy this beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. Photo by Claudia Martinez
Study French in Paris and enjoy this beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. Photo by Claudia Martinez

Why did you choose ISA over other study abroad programs?

I searched high and low for the perfect study abroad program. For me, ISA had the best balance of cultural integration, scholastics, and FUN. It was evident to me that their top priority was ensuring we had the best possible experience before, during, and after our trip. I couldn’t have asked for a better program.

You’re from Texas A&M University, what advice would you give to other Aggies going to study abroad in Paris?

Being away from loved ones overseas can be daunting, but if you take advantage of the resources available to you, your experience will be that much more amazing. Texas A&M has a Study Abroad office that is fantastic at helping students through the application process.Talk to your professors about which courses will work best with your major. Also, Parisians greatly appreciate it when you make an effort to learn their language and culture.

Why was Paris the best place to study abroad in France?

The wonderful thing about Paris is that there is a lot of diversity packed into the city from its citizens and great tourism industry. You get to experience a rich and entirely different culture while admiring global landmarks like the Eiffel tower in person. Nothing is as special as learning about the French, what makes them unique, and experiencing their very own city of lights with people from all over the world.

What was your favorite class and why?

I grew up bilingual in English and Spanish, so my love for languages started at an early age. I got to indulge this passion while taking a cultural class taught in French. It was so enriching to learn about Parisian life while communicating in their language. It’s easy to talk about it in English; it’s fun and challenging to discuss it in French!

How has study abroad impacted your life?

My life has been changed forever for the better. Taking time to really appreciate someone from across the globe has allowed me to grow as an individual and become a better person. I now have numerous opportunities available to me that I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t spent that month in Paris. An added bonus was meeting awesome people from all across the US. This Texas girl now has best friends in Minnesota! My trip with ISA has been an absolute dream come true and I have a whole new perspective of the world because of it.