I never imagined myself traveling across Europe. It was definitely on my bucket list, but it never occurred to me as a possibility during my time at Trinity. Now, here I am in Barcelona indulging in a life changing experience.
In my brief posts I hope to provide a sneak peak into what my life has been during the four months I have spent in a new country. Despite being a native Spanish speaker this city has taught me so much about culture and identity. I find it important to make this comment because often study abroad can be seen as a way to improve a language. It certainly can, but it also offers so much more. In addition to this I came to Barcelona without worrying about my major(s). Most of my peers came as Hispanic Studies Major/Minors or International Studies Majors. I am a Psychology Major with a double minor in Rhetoric and French. Completely different, I know, but I like to think that my unique situation has added value to the discussions.
During my time abroad I have been placed completely outside my comfort zone, and have began to use skills I never knew I had (like a reading a map per say). Navigating unknown territory can be daunting and intimidating, but once you have started it is so much easier to make it to the “end.” I say end only because each program does come to a finish, but it can just as well be the doorway to a lifetime of adventures and trips.
Feel free to reach out with questions or comment on any of my posts. Just like many others, my time abroad has been a joyous experience thus far, and I am always happy to share my story with others.