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Political Science/ International Studies Major, Granada, Spain
Why did you decide to study abroad?
To be honest, I was looking for adventure and the chance to do that as part of my coursework seemed like a no-brainer. Of course I didn't know where I wanted to go, so I had to do that part of my research separately from the decision to study abroad itself.
If you could tell someone one reason why they should go, what would you say?
I found that the more afraid someone is to go abroad, the better their experience will be. I know this because I talked to other students from all over that were in my program. With this, I would say "just do it." The only regret you will have if you do it, is coming back to America. I always say and think "I should have stayed."
What was your most memorable experience while studying abroad?
Studying abroad was the best choice I have ever made so far. My most memorable moments would be making real friends from all over the world that were my age and sharing my culture with students who have never heard of where I come from. I made some really close friends from Japan, America, Indonesia, Cyprus, Spain, England, Ireland, and Australia. I still keep in touch with them, and for some of these students, the only thing we have in common is the fact that we know enough Spanish to communicate with each other. Contrary to popular belief, everyone does not speak English.
What was your first week like abroad?
My first week was filled with tours of the city of Granada, Spain and orientation classes that taught us about what to expect, and popular terms and what they really mean when a native says them versus an outsider. There were 42 people in my CCA program and for orientation we all stayed together, went on tours together, and were introduced to the cultural norms together outside of the classroom. We met our host families and began a relationship that many fear, but which always turns out to be good if worked at, and one that ultimately improved my Spanish substantially.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to face while studying abroad?
Because I was looking for adventure, I went to all the places that I wanted to go inside of Spain and out on my free time and that took a lot of money. So my biggest obstacle was the fact that my funds/money was in limited supply; I couldn't afford to go to all the places around Europe that I wanted to. However, the money I had was enough to take me to four of the six places that I really wanted to go, which in my opinion is not that bad.
Tell us two or three things that help us understand how you felt living in the city where you chose to study.
Living in Granada is like living a dream in paradise. The city is incredibly beautiful so it was basically like vacation when I wasn't in class. I felt like I was in the right place and this is why I wasn't having homesickness or sadness which some people naturally felt. Making new friends and enjoying where I was took care of all of that.
What advice would you give to students who are about to participate in this program?
If you are going through Central College Abroad, you should go to Granada, Spain. The staff is so well prepared and great with each and every student that your experience is enhanced beyond that of other programs. This is also due to the schedule that they have for you there. The cultural excursions and the seminars are so educational in the most interesting ways that you would never have expected.