Since beginning my college career I knew that I wanted to study abroad in Spain. As an International Business and Spanish language double major, I thought that leaving the comfort of my home and being immersed in a completely different country, its culture, and language would be the culmination of my years of study; it would allow me to put into action all that I have learned in Massachusetts and apply it to real experiences abroad.
I never knew exactly where in Spain I wanted to study. There were so many great options! So I did what any conflicted student would do and found the person on campus that would solve my problem: my go-to Spanish professor. This professor taught a course I had taken in Spanish history and civilization, had lived abroad, and has been everywhere. Who better to ask? She encouraged me to look more closely at Granada. I wanted to be in an environment where I could expect a lot of immersion opportunities and be able to take classes in Spanish. Considering the size of the city and the rich history and culture of Granada, how could I say no?
I am planning to take two courses while I am studying at the University of Granada, including an Intensive Spanish Language course and Business Spanish. By taking courses overseas, I hope that I will be challenged, learn, and grow in a unique way that can’t be matched while studying at home.
I was worried that I would not be able to have this experience because I was having difficulty fitting in a study abroad experience during the fall or spring semester. I have two course-heavy majors, and with the weight of the liberal arts core curriculum that my college requires, I had to look at summer programs. AIFS has great summer study abroad programs that offer a variety of cities, universities, courses, and excursions, and came highly recommended through my college.
By studying abroad in Granada, I hope to gain new perspective and an appreciation for the Spanish culture, the people I meet, and the experiences I have. I want to have adventures and be inspired by the city. I hope that I will be able to rise to the challenges that living in a different country may bring, and make the most of everything Granada has to offer.