Best of Both Worlds

Andrea Zurita
Andrea Zurita
Colombian student Andrea Zurita blogs about life at Chicago's DePaul University, her Finance & Accounting course and living the international student dream.

HI! My name is Andrea Zurita and I’m going to be one of the new bloggers for DePaul University starting this year.

Since I am new to the site, I just wanted to tell you a little bit about myself.

I was born in Cartagena, Colombia, where the weather is around 90-100 degrees all year long! Yes, that may sound like a lot to some of you, and it certainly did to me when I was growing up.

Now that I have experienced Chicago winters, however, I must say I definitely miss being able to go to the pool every day of the year. Cartagena is also very touristic because of its beautiful beaches and the history that surrounds it. We have castles and walls around the city that were built centuries ago when Spanish conquerors sought to hide and guard treasures against pirates. Sounds a little crazy, I know, but you can still see many of the old cannons when you walk around town. The more I think about it now, the more I realize Cartagena was just perfect for Halloween; it doesn’t get much creepier than exploring the underground tunnels of an old castle under a full moon…

Now, back to the point, how did I end up in DePaul?

I love trying new things; I feel that change and the challenges that come along with them are what keep me motivated.

This is why I decided I wanted to go to a school in a big city, with a strong business community like the one Chicago has. I, believe it or not, was also bored with the hot weather and was dying to finally see what snow looked like.

I also like that the university places a very high value on diversity and that its campuses are right in the city so there is always something to do.

As of now, I am a Finance and Accounting major, and I am interning part-time while going to school.

I am also one of the Global Ambassadors for DePaul, which means that I’m always here to talk to other international students about the school and the city.

In my free time, I love going to Millennium Park, which is located just a few blocks away from campus, because it combines nature with a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline.

I also like trying out new restaurants with my friends, going to the movies, and taking advantage of all the different events that DePaul and Chicago have to offer.

This Thursday, for example, I am going to a corn maze with DePaul’s Campus Ministry. No, I have never been to a corn maze before and I am pretty sure it will be scary but at the same time, I’m really looking forward to it. After attempting to go through the maze, we will sit by a bonfire and have smores, so if you want to know how that Halloween experience goes please be sure to read my next post.

I can’t wait to get to know all of you through your blogs and I hope that my first one has helped you see just a little bit more about myself. Happy Halloween!