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Jaime Mata Miguez

Hi,
My name is Jaime Mata Miguez and I am from La Coruсa. This town is situated on North-west coast of Spain and has a population of roughly two-hundred fifty thousand. Since 1999 I have studied in Vigo, which is 160 kilometers far away from La Coruсa, quite close to the border of Portugal.
My degree is called Marine Sciences and I still have to pass two courses to finish it. For several months I have wondered what to do once I graduate, and finally I decided to move to Biology as I have that chance since I have completed the three first years of Marine Sciences. I was a little bit undecided and doubtful because this decision will mark the rest of my life, so I hope I have taken the right one. That▓s why I am studying courses such as Cell Biology and Ecology, Evolution and Diversity at Willamette University through ISEP (International Student Exchange Program).
This is my first time in the States and also my first experience studying so far away from home for such a long time. At the beginning I though it would be harder and that I would feel homesick. However, International Office employees and Peer Advisors have done a very good job during Orientation Days to help us to meet everyone and get used to our new life in campus. Although I am just beginning to know American people I spend most of my time with the international students. It is amazing and enriching to live together with such a varied group of people.
I will try to choose interesting news articles, and discuss them as best as I can while I enjoy my stay in Salem. So far, things have worked out better than I expected; I hope to be so lucky in the future.


Hola,
Me llamo Jaime Mata Mнguez y soy de La Coruсa. Esta ciudad se encuentra en la costa noroeste de Espaсa y tiene una poblaciуn de aproximadamente 250.000 habitantes. Desde 1999 he estudiado en Vigo, que estб a 160 kilуmetros de La Coruсa, cerca de la frontera norte con Portugal.
Mi carrera se llama Ciencias del Mar y aun debo aprobar dos asignaturas para acabarla. Durante varios meses he estado pensando quй hacer cuando consiga el tнtulo y al final he decidido pasarme al segundo ciclo de biologнa ya que como he completado los tres primeros aсos de mi titilaciуn tengo esa posibilidad. Estaba un poco indeciso y dubitativo porque esta decisiуn marcarб el resto de mi vida, asн que espero haber elegido la opciуn correcta. Esa es la razуn por la cual estoy estudiando asignaturas como Cell Biology y Ecology, Evolution and Diversity en Willamette University mediante el programa ISEP (International Student Exchange Program).
Esta es la primera vez que visito Estados Unidos y tambiйn la primera vez que voy a estudiar tan lejos de casa y por tanto tiempo. Al principio pensaba que serнa mбs difнcil y que tendrнa morriсa. Pero los encargados de la Internacional Office y los Peer Advisors han hecho un gran trabajo durante los Opening Days ayudбndonos a conocernos y a familiarizarnos con el campus. Aunque aun estoy empezando a conocer a gente estadounidense paso la mayor parte de mi tiempo con los estudiantes internacionales. Es muy interesante y enriquecedor convivir con un grupo de personas tan variado.
Intentarй elegir noticias interesantes para poder comentarlas lo mejor que pueda mientras disfruto de mi estancia en Salem. De momento las cosas han salido mejor de lo que esperaba. Espero seguir teniendo la misma suerte en el futuro.

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