Why Studying in Madrid or Barcelona won’t give you an Authentic Spanish Experience

Don’t get me wrong. Madrid and Barcelona are both very cool cities, both of which would be great places to live. But if you’re looking to study abroad and truly get to know Spanish culture, then you might want to reconsider these cities.

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Why Studying in Sevilla was the Perfect Study Abroad Choice for Me

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The Sevilla flag, along the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville, Spain

Last Monday I shared some tips on choosing the right study abroad program. Today, I;m going to go through the tips I shared in this last post and share with you why Sevilla ended up being the perfect study abroad choice for me.

Sevilla wasn’t actually the first program I had applied for. I initially applied to a program in Pamplona, Spain that’s through UNC’s School Media and Journalism. It just made sense to me. I’m studying journalism, I wanted to study in a Spanish-speaking country in Europe, and the MJ-School offered that with Pamplona. However, I didn’t end up getting in to the program. The only accepted one student for the semester I went abroad. While I was a little bummed out, I was immediately glad that I wasn’t the only person going. I’m not sure if I would’ve taken that offer. While I wanted to stay away from UNC-heavy programs like Sevilla so that I could meet more Spaniards, I wanted at least one other American with me!Read More »

Hasta Luego

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My roommate Hannah, my host mom and me on our last day together in Sevilla

Here are some of my thoughts from leaving Sevilla, a week ago, and then from finally leaving Spain, today, from Madrid.

Today I’m sitting in the Sevilla airport waiting for my flight. It’s just like any other weekend for me, as I’ve flown in and out of this airport a number of times in the past four months. Only this time, I won’t be coming back in just a few short days. I won’t be coming back to Sevilla, not at least until a long time from now – who knows when.

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Teaching English in Sevilla

 

Just another beautiful view of one of my favorite places in Sevilla, the cathedral.
Just another beautiful view of one of my favorite places in Sevilla, the cathedral.

Well, as promised, here’s a blog post dedicated to my teaching experiences here in Sevilla! For the past four weeks, I’ve biked down to one of the best colegios in Sevilla to help teach 14-15-year-olds English, and I’m loving it!

The first day was probably one of my favorites. While I was definitely nervous (I mean I know nothing about teaching English.), it turned out to be so much fun. The profesora that I’m working with is very nice and extremely organized and had me come prepared to give a short presentation on who I am, where I’m from, etc. So I prepared and presented a PowerPoint to the kids, showing them my family, all of the places I’ve lived in the U.S., my university, my family and friends, and my hobbies. The kids loved it and asked me a lot of questions (some strange ones (like if all Americans think that Spain is Mexico??))

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Becoming Immersed

photo by Austin Mueller | Just practicing my rowing skills in the Plaza de España
photo by Austin Mueller | Just practicing my rowing skills in the Plaza de España

One thing that I love about my study abroad program is how helpful they’ve been in helping us get immersed in Sevilla, especially recently. From the start, each of us has been living with a host family, which has helped tremendously. At times I’ve been jealous of others studying abroad and living in apartments, but when I think about it, they’re basically living lives similar to how they would in the U.S., but just in another location.

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