Christopher Morriss, a student from University of Vermont who studied abroad at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú during Fall 2009, has been accepted to Peace Corps Ecuador. Christopher is a premedical student and he intends to enter medical school after his service in the Peace Corps. He hopes to use his Spanish language skills as a doctor and, if the opportunity presents itself, practice medicine abroad.
"I believe my time with IFSA-Butler in Peru was key towards my obtaining a place in the Peace Corps. My time there was wonderful for learning to adapt to foreign cultures and language. Laura Balbuena was a great coordinator and I would recommend the program gladly. What I learned in Peru I hope to make good use of in Ecuador, my place of assignment."
Christopher's time in Peru has inspired his senior thesis, "The Novel and the Memory of the Shining Path Conflict of Peru," which analyzes three recent works of Peruvian fiction dealing with the aftermath of the Shining Path. He will turn it in and defend it (in Spanish) this month.
Congratulations, Christopher! We are very proud of your outstanding achievements and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
Photos of Christopher's semester abroad are included below: