Beth K. - Granada, Spain - Spring 2014
Because of lovely Chicago weather, I arrived in Spain nearly a day later than planned. After three flights, a night in Miami, and lots of time spent at airports, I was finally in Granada. The anticipation of studying abroad can be very nerve-wracking and extremely exciting. I think the most important thing is to have an open mind and a willingness to learn (and you will learn a lot!). My first 48 hours were filled with getting to know my brand new friends and our new home. We have students from all over the States and from many different backgrounds, but our common experience here as a bunch of college kids who left home for four months to explore and learn together here in Spain created an automatic bond. This city is such a wonderful mix of hustle and bustle and beautiful views of the Alhambra (an old Muslim palace) and the Sierra Nevada mountains. This past weekend our group visited Toledo and Madrid and, while beautiful, I felt so sure that I chose the perfect place to study. I couldn’t be more thrilled to call this city my home for the next four months. Studying abroad truly is an unforgettable experience and amazing opportunity. Best of luck to those of you planning your own adventures and feel free to ask me any questions whatsoever!