While searching for an affordable program that was right for me, I was introduced to Dr. Wayne Decker, the University of Arizona Director of International Scholarships and Fellowships.Dr. Decker
took me under his
wing and advised me to use study abroad not only as a means of getting away for awhile, but also as a means of becoming aware.He
suggested that I apply for a scholarship through the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which funds students to study, thereby building diplomatic relations in countries that are not traditionally close allies with the United States.
When considering my options, it was apparent that the traditional study abroad destinations of Western Europe and Australia would not fit under the stipulations of the scholarship.Dr. Decker
and I brainstormed on how to come up with a proposal that would encompass my interests in health issues and disability rights, while also placing me in a country where the physical accessibility would allow me to remain independent.Because of its relatively modern society and interesting political and economic landscape, Dr. Decker
suggested that I apply to study in Argentina.