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Lessons Abroad

Three weeks ago, I recall anxiously waiting for my flight to depart Newark International Airport so that my semester in Madrid could officially begin. Before leaving the States, I had the mindset of experiencing nirvana and adventure in nearly early every moment in Spain. I was beyond thrilled to learn about the Spanish culture and language, and visit some of Europe’s most remarkable sites. More importantly however, I wanted to grow personally by becoming more independent and self-assured by living on my own in a new country.   Continue reading

Barcelona, Merengue, and Prado, Oh My!

I genuinely can’t come to the realization that I’ve lived in Spain for only two weeks. Attending classes at Marymount and being with my family over the holidays seems like a lifetime away. I suppose this can be attributed to the amount of personal growth I’ve had based on my experiences thus far. I nosedived into Spanish culture upon my arrival, and resurfaced with so much knowledge and admiration of the Spanish culture and language in less than a month.

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Week 1: I Made It!

After nearly two days of traveling, I arrived safely to my new home for the next six months: Madrid, Spain. Planning a semester abroad took an entire year of saving and preparation, and thus, words could not express how thrilled I was to be at the forefront of one of the most exciting times of my life. Continue reading