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10/01/2012

Cassandra Tumolo (Villanova University)-CIEE Alcalá-Fall 2012: Fausto y Cristina

Before coming to Spain, I had no idea what to expect; there were so many emotions and thoughts that were running through my mind. What if I won’t be able to survive because of the language? What if my host family doesn’t like me? What if my group thinks I am weird? Questions like this were running through my head the entire summer. However, one of my biggest worries was: what about my directors? Who are they? What are they like? Will they help us or drop us off a cliff to survive on our own?     

  López 1

After arriving in Madrid and sitting in the airport with another student, I was definitely antsy to find out who Cristina is. Yes I saw pictures and heard her voice during our online orientation over the summer, but regardless, I kept asking myself, who is Cristina? When I met Cristina in the airport holding a CIEE sign with a smile on her face from ear to ear, she greeted me with a huge hug; not too long after our other director, Fausto, joined us. Both Fausto and Cristina eased us all in to make sure we were comfortable and happy. From that point on, all of my doubts as to who our directors are went away. Cristina and Fausto are nice, funny, fun, and are great directors! They make you feel comfortable and help build your confidence. They are always there for help whenever you need it and it is always done with a smile on their face. In other words, they are like the papa and mama bird of this 11 person family we created.  I am so thankful for such great directors who I know will be so helpful during our time here abroad.

  López 2

Antes de venir a España, no tenía ni idea de qué esperar, había tantas emociones y pensamientos que corrían por mi mente. ¿Y si no puedo sobrevivir con la lengua? ¿Y si mi grupo piensa que soy rara? Preguntas como estas estuvieron en mi mente todo el verano. Sin embargo, una preocupación fundamental era: ¿Cómo son mis directores? ¿Quiénes son? ¿Qué son? ¿Nos ayudan o nos dejan en un acantilado para sobrevivir con nuestros propios medios, por nosotros mismos? 

  López 3

Después de llegar a Madrid y sentarme en el aeropuerto con otro estudiante, yo estaba ansiosa y busqué a Cristina. Sí, yo vi las fotos y escuché su voz durante nuestra orientación en línea, pero yo continuamente  me preguntaba: ¿Quién es Cristina? Cuando conocí a Cristina en el aeropuerto con un cartel CIEE con una sonrisa en su cara de oreja a oreja, ella me saludó con un abrazo enorme, y no mucho tiempo después nuestro otro director, Fausto, se unió a nosotros.

López 4

Fausto y Cristina nos han facilitado la transición en España.  Como resultado, nosotros estábamos contentos y cómodos.  ¡Cristina y Fausto son agradables, divertidos y unos directores increíbles! Te hacen sentirte cómodo y ayudan a construir tu confianza con la lengua. Ellos siempre están allí para ayudarnos cuando lo necesitamos y siempre tienen una sonrisa en la cara. En otras palabras, Cristina y Fausto son como el pájaro papá y mamá de esta familia de once personas que hemos creado. Estoy agradecida por los maravillosos directores que conozco, siempre estarán allí para el grupo durante nuestro semestre en el extranjero.

 

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