Brenda Patricia Gómez Vázquez of Industrial Engineering made an internship at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

When you entered Uni, did you know that there were international programs?

The international programs were one of the main reasons why I wanted to join the University of Celaya.

At what point and why did you start thinking about applying for a scholarship and studying in another country?

I started applying in my 4th semester and I wanted to make the decision to apply for a scholarship because I knew it would help me in my personal and professional life in the future.

Why did you decide to study in that country?

Because I had references about the country and the university and its academic level about my area of study.

How was the scholarship application process?

It was very agile and easy and I had the support of all my professors and the internationalization area for any questions.

How did you prepare for this new experience?

As any change is difficult, but I started to research about the place where I would go to study, the culture, the university, and I had the support of a friend who had already gone to study there.

How did you feel when you arrived in the new country?

I felt very nervous, but at the same time very happy, I was about to discover something new, something that would make me grow as a person.

How have you been received at the university where you arrived?

The people were very nice, they gave me support in everything, the professors were very supportive in terms of the study method and the new educational system.

What do you miss the most about Mexico and UNI?

What I missed the most was the food and my family/friends, and my boyfriend, and as for UNI it was living the week of ingerías and living together.

What is the most exciting thing you have experienced so far in this experience? And the most difficult?

The most exciting thing was the industrial visits I had in Colombia, as well as the intersemester activities and joining an engineering club. The most difficult thing I think was the study method or system, but I always had the support of my professors and classmates.

How do you think this experience will influence you as a person and professionally?

I think it has a strong influence, my ideas, my way of thinking have changed and I feel that this is of great support for the professional field because now I can analyze different perspectives.

What advice would you give to those who are about to go on exchange to another country?

That they take advantage of the opportunities, the activities offered by each area in addition to the university, that they get to know a lot, that they learn and that all this helps them to grow and see things differently.

Would you recommend these opportunities offered by UNI to your colleagues?

I would highly recommend it, it's a great opportunity that the university offers, thank you UNI!