This study abroad program is very important to my entire career. I've been taking Spanish since the 8th grade and while I can read and write it fairly well, I have some trouble with my conversational Spanish. This trip will allow me to exercise speaking Spanish and learn more common phrases. Not only that, but I really want to learn more about Hispanic cultures, and this is a perfect opportunity for that! My career goal is to be a psychologist/counselor for children and adolescents, possibly even adults too. I'm at the beginning of a long journey to get my doctorate, but for now I'm majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. This trip will immensly help my ability to communicate with even more people. especially since I live in the South and the US's Spanish speaking population is growing at an exponential rate. I just want to be able to help people, and this trip (with intensive Spanish classes daily) will allow me to reach and help more people than I could by just knowing and speaking English.