It’s really hard to describe my experience abroad in just a few sentences. After looking through photos that I’ve taken here in Spain since August, I’ve come to realize how much I’ve learned here. It’s been a challenge since day one, but is still one of the greatest decisions of my life. I have been interested in languages (especially Spanish); since a very young age and I think learning another language is a great way to learn about another culture and open up your mind to the world. Even though I had studied Spanish for many years, I was not able to communicate with Spanish speakers, including my own family.
After a just a few weeks here in Spain, I was able to get over my fear and start speaking. Living and studying here has changed my perspective on life, and has given me many opportunities I wouldn’t be able to experience if I were on campus at St. Lawrence University. The most significant part of this journey was being able to explore Spain with the program and on my own personal trips. Although Spain isn’t a huge country, each part is very unique. I never thought I would learn and see so much, and that’s why out of the thousands of pictures I have; I chose a picture from Valencia since it reflects my time here perfectly. Being able to travel and learn about other parts of Spain has been very valuable and I think one of the best parts about studying abroad.