Hi! I’m McKenna and I’m going to be a senior studying Business and Marketing at California Lutheran University in Southern California. I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain during the Spring 2017 semester and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Since the beginning of college, I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I had to transfer universities after my freshman year and I wasn’t sure if it would be a possibility for me. When I discovered AIFS, my dream became a reality. I originally saw myself studying abroad in London, England, but I had to complete a language requirement for my degree, so it made more sense for me to go to a non-English speaking country. Choosing to go to Barcelona was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I instantly fell in love with the lifestyle in Spain. I strengthened my Spanish comprehension and speaking abilities, and got to travel almost every weekend in Spain and to other countries as well. AIFS gives students the tools they need to balance their studies, traveling, and having a social life in exciting, new places. The staff is always available to help you with whatever you need, whether it’s dealing with homesickness or a recommendation for dinner. Studying abroad gives you the chance to experience a new culture and way of life, meet new people, and grow as an individual by gaining a global perspective. I can’t wait to meet prospective students and share my experience and insights with them. I strongly believe that everyone should study abroad if they have the opportunity!