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    Student Profile: Michael Curtis

    April 21, 2017
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    Michael Curtis at Iguazu Falls during his study-abroad trip to Argentina. (Courtesy Photo)

    For Michael Curtis of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., attending UW meant he could follow the trail of Don Quixote in Spain and see the places that author Miguel de Cervantes wrote about in his famous novel—what Curtis describes as an unforgettable experience.

    That was the summer of 2015. This past summer, Curtis signed up for a second study-abroad summer course with assistant professor of Spanish literature Conxita Domènech, this time to Argentina. “We spent half of the trip in Buenos Aires, one of the world’s mega-cities,” he says. “On the second half of the trip, we traveled through other parts of Argentina, including Córdoba, Iguazu Falls and even an indigenous village where we were also the first Americans to visit. Iguazu Falls—the largest waterfalls system in the world—was one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been and is considered one of the new wonders of the world. It was incredible to see these places.

    “What made the trips special was the ability to be immersed in the culture of different people to learn about them while also expanding my Spanish-speaking ability,” Curtis continues. “In most places, the local people wanted 
    to learn just as much about us as we did from them. College is the perfect time to travel and meet new people.”

    He adds that UW’s low tuition and ample scholarships make study abroad very affordable. “Through UW you can study abroad to virtually any place that you can imagine,” Curtis says. “There are a number of resources offered to customize a trip that fits your wants and needs at a great value.”

    And whether it’s study abroad or activities on campus, he encourages new students to get involved: “I believe that the experiences you have are directly connected with your willingness to try new things and make new friends.”

    Thanks to help from UW Career Services, Curtis already had a job lined up before graduation with Lenhart, Mason & Associates LLC in Casper, where he is now beginning his accounting career. “I truly believe that the people of UW genuinely care about the students and want to help them prepare for their adult life,” he says. “UW offers service through every step of the college experience—from the original application to the final job search and after. Students and faculty create a community that goes beyond education itself. When you enroll in UW, you will be a Cowboy for life.Learn more about Study Abroad