Spanish Club memberswanted to try out their Spanish skills in a much bigger environment and what better place to go then to the Big Apple.
The club headed to New York City on the weekend of Oct. 19-21.
“The students of the Spanish club picked New York City because they figured out that would be a city where they could have a fully emerged weekend in Spanish,” said Spanish professor Ana Alfaro Alexander. The weekend adventure for the club was funded by the Student Government Association and involved a lot of planning, she said.
While on the trip, students saw major attractions including theBrooklyn Bridge, Times Square and Ellis Island. The club also went to dinnerat a Mexican restaurant to help improve communication skills with others outside their own group.
“The cultural dinner was a huge success; people were able to order in Spanish while experiencing the wonders of Mexican cuisine,” said club president Brian Garvey Jr. “Although the meals on the trip had to be paid for by the students, because the SGA doesn’t consider food an educational expenditure, it was by far the most beneficial part of the trip. It allowed the students to order, speak, and immerse them completely in the Spanish language.”
Leah DelPezzo and the rest of the Spanish Club challenged themselves by trying to speak Spanish the entire trip including the bus ride, time spent in thehostel and in restaurants and anywhere else they decided to go.
“It was very different speaking Spanish the whole time but my conversational skills have improved a lot because of it,” Delpezzo said.