As I sat on a plane over the Atlantic Ocean, I wondered how I was going to make the most of the once in a lifetime opportunity I’d been given to study at ETH Zurich. My initial thought was to rely on the sport I consider the purest form of teamwork, rowing, in order to experience the city from a different perspective and begin making friends there.
At first, I had doubts about committing to such a sport in a new place, because I also wanted to have enough time to experience the rest of the country. However, all my worries had quickly vanished by the time I saw the sunrise on my first day at the rowing club. I began to make good friends there, and soon had established a regular language (German/Spanish) and cultural exchange (Swiss/Puerto Rican) with the person I consider to be one of my best friends in Switzerland.