Even though both of my brothers were exchange students at VC before me (Jorge Cámara, '97, Mauricio Cámara, '98) I can say that the experience was totally different from what I expected. Instead of just spending a year away from home and learning a new language, I had a year full of new experiences: where I learned and lived in a different culture; where I felt welcome; and most of all where I met unforgettable friends and family. I truly became a part of the VC community.
Now that I’m back in Mexico, I still remember the good times that I had in Oil City. In speaking with my friends who also spent a year abroad, it’s easy to see that my experience at VC was very different from their experiences elsewhere. At VC they really do make you feel welcome, they help you to adjust, they help you if you’re struggling, and in every way just make you feel like family.
Even though I came to the US to focus on learning English (as I’d already graduated from high school in Mexico), I ended up taking away so much more, including American culture, US history, a love of American sports (Go Steelers!), etc… and I was always supported and helped by the teachers, students, friends, and my awesome American family – all things unique to VC!
Adrianna Cámara, '04
BA, Business Administration '09
Insurance Broker, CLAS Insurance
Mérida, Yucatán, México