Why did you decide to study abroad?
I needed to make up some classes over the summer, so I decided making them up abroad would be a great option.
If you could tell someone one reason why they should go, what would you say?
It will be an experience of a lifetime.
What did you accomplish while you were abroad?
I met friends from around the country that I would have never met otherwise, experienced a part of the world that I knew little about, all while earning credits for Saint Anselm.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to face while studying abroad?
The biggest obstacle was being in a country in which I spoke very little of the native language.
What was the most memorable experience you had while studying abroad?
The most memorable experience in Spain was when on a long weekend, I went to the island of Mallorca with a group of friends. We swam in the Mediterranean, cliff jumped and toured a vineyard.
What was your first week like abroad?
My first week abroad was an experience I'll never forget. I flew into the Madrid airport to meet up with the rest of the ISA group, and then travelled by bus to the hotel. From there we had our basic introductions to ISA staff and went over the program guidelines. After that, we were free for the better part of the remaining three days in Madrid to take in as much as we could. After leaving Madrid we stopped in Toledo for the rest of the day and night, again going on some group tours but also having free time to admire the city. After leaving Toledo we made the long bus drive to Granada where we met up with out host families. This was a moment that I'll never forget. I barely knew any Spanish, other than basic introductions and it was a solid 15 minute walk to the house. The walk was a very awkward walk, spoken in very broken English on her part, and even worse Spanish on my part.
What was your experience like?
My experience while studying abroad in Spain, I can only describe as the time of my life. I had the opportunity to experience a culture very unknown to me, learn a new language, all while earning class credit back home. It was difficult initially with the language barrier, but being immersed in a country where only Spanish is spoken, I picked up fairly quickly. Also, having met friends there that spoke better Spanish than mine helped. Overall, my experience was a fantastic one. I enjoyed trying new foods, meeting new people and learning a new culture and language.