Student spotlight: Jayden McConnell, ’25 Bluffton University


Between study abroad sessions, Jayden McConnell has served as paid intern for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.


by Bluffton University and available here

Jayden McConnell ’25, a criminal justice and Spanish double major from Sunbury, Ohio, had such a great experience studying abroad in Argentina during the fall 2023 semester, he’s returning for the spring. McConnell’s second term with CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) starts in late February. 

“Originally, I was only going to go for six months,” said McConnell. “My Spanish was improving a lot, but I wasn’t as fluent as I was hoping to be so that’s when I started to wonder if I could do this again.”

When he returns to Buenos Aires, he’ll continue living with the same host family: a mother and her 25-year-old graduate student son. The family’s nieces and nephews often visit, and they also host shorter-term CIEE participants, giving McConnell a wide range of people to connect with and practice his Spanish skills. 

Because the people are welcoming and the food is delicious, McConnell said it didn’t take long for him to acclimate to the culture. However, there was one trait he had to get used to.  

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