One appealing aspect of the University of Montana is its study abroad programs. Students can spend a semester or year abroad, taking courses at a partner institution, and UM awards credit towards a degree for courses taken at these institutions.
UM-CS student Betta Lyon-Delsordo is doing exactly this. After some discussions with CS department advisers, Betta identified a set of classes that she could take in Spain that would be equivalent to computer science classes taken here. As they say, the trip is often better than the destination. This summer, Betta has been en route to Universidad de Vigo, in the North West of Spain. She’s been providing short updates to the department, and we’re sharing some of them here. What an experience she is having! In her own words:
I’m Betta, a rising sophomore studying Computer Science and Spanish, and this summer I’m working as a remote intern for GatherBoard. I work part time on projects for GatherBoard (a local tech start-up that creates event calendars), while traveling and working part time in exchange for room and board. My internship projects range from creating marketing campaigns for email and social media, to updating websites and the management portal, to Spanish translation work. When I’m not on my computer, I’m staying with host families through WorkAway, an organization that connects travelers with hosts to work a few hours a day for food and housing. This summer I’m traveling to Chile, California, Spain and other European countries yet to be determined. So far I’ve taught English, worked in hostels, and helped put on a Buddhist retreat, all while meeting incredible people and their families. My travels will end in Spain, where I will spend the next year at the Universidad de Vigo. This has been an wonderful experience, and I feel very lucky to be able to travel almost for free and further my tech skills at the same time.