Antonella is one of our Essex students who studied abroad in Mexico in 2021/22. We asked Antonella about her time in Mexico and why she choose to study there…
I’ve always wanted to visit a country with a totally different culture from mine, and Mexico was a great choice. It is an extremely colourful and lively country, but the best part are the people, ready to welcome you and make you feel at home even if you come from the other side of the world.
Unfortunately, I had to take classes online which did not allow me to have a full experience of Mexican universities. Nevertheless, the biggest difference is essay writing which is essential in Essex as in British universities. Essay is not a thing in Mexico, It was nice to not having to struggle over essays for 9 months.
I had the opportunity to travel a lot and see different landscapes from the wild nature to the majestic Mayan ruins, but I have definitely spent the best moments watching sunsets with my group of friends on a deserted stretch of beach.
Going on a year abroad does not mean going on a holiday. It means getting in touch with an unknown culture and make it your own. Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know, this journey will serve you to know yourself but most importantly to experience a different world and a different life.
Definitely quesadillas. Mexican food is amazing but getting to make your tortilla from scratch and cook it with some Oaxacan’s cheese is an experience that would make everyone’s day better.
Absolutely. I feel a much richer person than before, obviously I mean richer in experiences, in friendships, in memories, in self-awareness. This experience has helped me to open my mind and to get to know myself better. I improved my Spanish by learning Mexican slang. Finally I learned to see things and the world with another point of view, I learned that even in toughest times there is a different perspective, you just have to to get out own comfort zone and look for it.
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MA Translation student, University of Essex
I’m Antonella, I’m 21 and I’m from Italy. I moved to Essex in 2019 for my bachelor’s in Modern Languages and I’m currently taking my MA in translation. In 2021 I had the opportunity to go on my year abroad in Mexico and live the most incredible experience I could ever imagine.