What's your favorite Spanish drink? Kalimotxo and Estrella
What’s been the biggest challenge to living abroad for a full year? Adjusting to a whole new system of thinking and organization
Favorite Spanish saying or idiom that we don’t have in English? "Vale!" This word can really be used for anything: a filler, okay, you’re right, etc.
How did meeting international students at Missouri State help with your transition? First off, the international students at Missouri State became my family as I traveled throughout Europe. I spent my entire Christmas in Belgium with my best friend and his family, who I met while he was studying abroad for a semester. I will be spending a week with my friends from Paris, some time in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Holland as well—all with people I met through Missouri State. Not only did I learn about other customs and cultures, but I also gained an international family through MSU.
One food you miss from the States? Peanut butter!
One thing you will miss about Spain when you return home? I will miss the people the most, but also hiking in the beautiful mountains and laying out on the beach all in the same day! And the bakeries. I probably spent about 60% of my time in the bakeries here.
Advice for future students wanting to study abroad?
Jump right in when you arrive! Don’t waste a single moment to get your feet wet and experience the culture. Also, don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path and find your own “regular” place and hot spots.