Hands down, I would recommend studying abroad. I don’t think there’s anyone who would tell you not to do it. But it isn’t always the most magical experience.
Anyone who is trying to learn a new language is trying, and deciding to do it the hard way.
Fallas is an explosive celebration, and I mean that literally. If you think of the Fourth of July when you think of fireworks, Fallas tops that.
I decided it was time to try exploring the rest of Europe, starting with Paris. I mean, why on earth wouldn’t I? It’s so close and so easy.
You only need to see the familiar from a different perspective, and things become surreal.
If my hyperventilating that day didn’t make it clear to the rest of the USAC group that I’m an art major, I don’t know what else would.
Culture shock is a necessary experience. It is why studying abroad is so vital to understanding that the world is different and that we should not be afraid.
People come to Europe for many reasons. My reason was to know Spain. Like conocer, know. To be so well acquainted with Spain that she is mi tía or mi abuela.
I never thought I’d write for my college’s newspaper from thousands of feet in the air. I also didn’t think I’d be living in Spain for a semester, but I am.
It took Elia Folch one lesson with her father at seven years old to fall in love with golf in her native country of Spain.
Fifteen years later, she is the senior and leader of the OCU Women’s Golf team.