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Payton Andrew - Seville, Spain - Summer 2018

Program: 2018 Seville Practicum in Education Summer Term 2

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My name is Payton Andrew, and I am a Junior at the University of Wyoming where I am studying elementary education with a concentration in cultural diversity. Through this concentration I have decided to get my minor in Spanish! I live in a very conservative state, where many people don’t see the value of teaching diversity, and through my work I am hoping to change that. I am incredibly grateful and excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to arrive in Spain!

Madison Ragland - Seville, Spain - Summer 2018

Program: 2018 Seville Summer Terms 1 and 2

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¡Hola! My name is Madison Ragland, and I am a rising senior at Campbell University in North Carolina. I am currently a Biology-PreMed and Spanish double major, as well as a Spanish tutor and member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority at my University. My travels have never left this continent, so I am beyond excited to explore Europe. I am passionate about health, food, and coffee, and I am enthralled to see what Seville has to offer this summer! One of my favorite quotes is, “great things never come from comfort zones,” and I hope to keep this as a motto for my adventures this term.

Siwei Wang - Havana, Cuba - Summer 2018

Program: 2018 Havana Summer Term

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My name is Siwei Wang. I am currently a Ph.D. student from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. I am interested in the cultural exchanges between China and Cuba, particularly Chinese diaspora culture in Cuba, comparative studies of socialist revolution between China and Cuba, and contemporary exchanges of social reform experience.

Landry Hacklander - Alicante, Spain - Spring 2018

Program: 2018 Alicante Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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My name is Landry Hacklander. I am twenty-one years old, and from small town Paynesville, Minnesota. I will graduate from Concordia College - Moorhead upon completion of this semester. I study Spanish with a minor in Biology and I hope to become a Spanish interpreter in hospitals after I graduate. I have been on the cross country and track teams because I love running. I also love travelling, trying new things and new foods, and meeting new people in new cultures. I have never been to Europe before and I look forward to exploring Spain!

Alexis Morillo - Barcelona, Spain - Spring 2018

Program: 2018 Barcelona International Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spring Semester

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My name is Alexis Morillo and I am a junior journalism major at Ithaca College. Some of my passions include intersectional feminism, fashion and beauty, and furthering my pride in my Latina culture. When I'm not working on the silent floor of the library or working on my school's independent magazine, I'm probably watching makeup videos on Youtube, drinking green tea or musing about my future memoir. I can't wait to learn more about Spain and its beautiful culture and amazing people this semester while writing about it along the way!

Kate Lewis - Seville, Spain - Spring 2018

Program: 2018 Seville Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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My name is Kate Lewis, and I am a current junior at Berry College in Rome, GA. I study anthropology and Spanish, and I have a psychology minor. I am originally from Atlanta, and I love coffee, Chick-fil-A, and traveling.

Ivy Mattson - Seville, Spain - Spring 2018

Program: 2018 Seville Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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¡Hola! I’m Ivy Mattson, a sophomore at Concordia College, Moorhead majoring in Art Education and Spanish. To start off 2018 and to finish sophomore year, though, I will be halfway around the world from little ol’ Minnesota; I’ll be in Seville, Spain! With excitement and nerves bubbling over, I can hardly wait for my next adventure. The thing that excites me the most is learning all about this new place and the people I will meet along the way. Although el camino is in the north of Spain, I feel as if I will be finding my own “way” when abroad. So check out my blog and grow with me!

Megan Steele - Seville, Spain - Spring 2018

Program: 2018 Seville Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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Hola, I'm Megan Steele, a sophomore at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. I will be studying in Seville, Spain the Spring of 2018 and could not be more excited! I am looking forward to applying what I learn abroad to my Marketing and Spanish Major. In my free time I enjoy drawing and painting, and I love hanging out with my friends whether it is adventuring or exchanging music. I hope that you enjoy my blog as much as I will enjoy Spain.

Nyasha Franklin - Havana, Cuba - Spring 2018

Program: 2018 Havana Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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Saludos! My name is Nyasha Franklin and I am a junior majoring in Anthropology and Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. I am excited to arrive in Havana, Cuba for my semester abroad. I am a native of Harlem, NY who loves Afro-diasporic music and dance, and noodle dishes from all over the world! I believe in film photography, and exploring as a way of life. As I find my way in Havana, come experience this journey with me!

Matthew Holliday - Havana, Cuba - Spring 2018

Program: 2018 Havana Integrated Studies Spring Semester

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I’m Matthew Holliday! I’m a junior black studies and theater & dance double major at Amherst College. I come from Brooklyn, NY, straight out of Bedstuy. I love dancing, singing, acting, reality tv, music, and social media (a bit too much). I am super excited to travel to Havana, Cuba this Spring 2018! I hope to greatly improve my Spanish and leave into the newness that will be Cuban life. Looking forward to checking out the art & culture scene and gaining some new inspiration for my own work.

Hanna Strauss - Havana, Cuba - Spring 2018

Program: 2018 Havana Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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Hello! I’m Hanna, a 3rd year studying Political Science and Spanish at a small liberal arts college in southern Virginia. I’ll be studying abroad in Havana, Cuba for the Spring of 2018 through Spanish Studies Abroad. I have previously studied abroad in Muscat, Oman with an Arabic immersion program, and I have visited Doha, Qatar through a fellowship program organized by the National Council on US-Arab Relations.

I’m excited to study abroad again, and to live in Cuba for 3 months! Look out for my blog posts updating my experiences.

Kayla Rowe - Córdoba, Argentina - Spring 2018

Program: 2018 Córdoba Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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I am currently a sophomore at Wake Forest University pursuing a major in Business Enterprise Management with an interdisciplinary writing minor. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada with my three younger sisters, mom, 2 turtles, and a bunny.

Angeline Barthel - Seville, Spain - Academic Year 2017

Program: 2017-2018 Seville Spanish Studies Academic Year

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¡Hola! I’m Angeline Barthel, and I will be spending my entire junior year abroad in Seville, Spain. I am double majoring in Global Studies and Spanish at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. Since I have entered college, I have developed a passion for learning Spanish. In the future, I would love to be a Spanish teacher to foster a love of language in more American students. Additionally, I am a part of the ND-SMC Ballroom Dance Club, where I fell in love with ballroom and Latin dancing. I cannot wait to explore what Seville has to offer!

Savhanna Berger - Alicante, Spain - Fall 2017

Program: 2017 Alicante Integrated Studies Fall Semester

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¡Hola! My name is Savhanna Berger and I'm a Minnesota native. As a junior at Saint Mary's University of MN, I am double majoring in biology and Spanish. I will be studying in Alicante, Spain during the fall semester of 2017. I'm excited for the opportunity to travel to Spain and further my studies in Spanish while experiencing a new culture. In my free time, I love being outside and trying new things. I can't wait to share my adventures in Alicante with you!

Cira Buffington - Alicante, Spain - Fall 2017

Program: 2017 Alicante Spanish Studies Fall Semester

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My name is Cira Buffington and I will be studying aboard in the Fall term in Alicante, Spain. I am currently an undergraduate Junior Exercise Science and Spanish Major at Berry College working towards becoming a nurse in the future. I can hardly wait for this very exciting day to come and would love to be a student Blogger while I am learning the ropes of immersing myself into the daily life in Spain. I will be taking a variety of different classes that will be very interesting to discuss in my blogs, along with heading to Valencia before school begins to meet my Abuelas family that I have waited years to get to know.

Maggie Jamin - Barcelona, Spain - Fall 2017

Program: 2017 International Studies at Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona

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Hello! My name is Maggie Jamin. I am from West Hartford, CT and am a junior Physical Therapy major at Ithaca College. I have spent the past two months studying abroad with Spanish Studies Abroad in Barcelona! I’m writing this letter to talk about some of my experiences here so far and to describe how Barcelona’s current political situation has affected my time here. So here goes…

Eliza Skoler - Seville, Spain - Fall 2017

Program: 2017 Seville Integrated Studies Fall Semester

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My name is Eliza Skoler and I am currently a junior Biology major at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. I love hiking and all sorts of outdoors activity, and at school I play loads of ultimate frisbee on my college team. I thoroughly enjoy cooking, baking, and eating, and my favorite foods include vegetables, eggs, mangoes, and dessert. You won't catch me without my water bottle, because hydration is key; I'm passionate about health and nutrition and veggies. I love traveling, and I am incredibly excited to be in Sevilla!

Cameron Taylor - Seville, Spain - Fall 2017

Program: 2017 Seville Spanish Studies Fall Semester

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My name is Cameron Taylor. I am twenty years old, and from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am about to be a junior at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, where I am studying Literature with a Writing Emphasis and Spanish. I hope to become a journalist after I graduate. I am passionate about music, so I became a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women's music fraternity on campus. I am also a member of my school's cheerleading team. I love food, traveling, and learning new things. I have visited Sevilla before, but I can't wait to be there for longer.

Amy Cheng - Havana, Cuba - Fall 2017

Program: 2017 Havana Integrated Studies Fall Semester

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¡Hola, amigos! My name is Amy Cheng and I am a senior at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. I am a double major in Spanish and Peace Studies, with the eventual hope of bridging gaps where justice and reconciliation are needed. An unashamed native of the PNW, I am a lover of strong coffee, the outdoors, a good book, and spending quality time with others. In leaving this behind for a semester in Havana, I look forward to the many joys, struggles, and seasons of growth that are bound to come! ¡Viva Cuba!

Laurie Sara Oliver - Havana, Cuba - Fall 2017

Program: 2017 Havana Integrated Studies Fall Semester

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I am a senior in the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University majoring in Linguistics and Anthropology and minoring in Spanish. This fall I am living abroad in Havana, Cuba to study the language and culture and explore Marxist/Leninist Philosophy. My interest in how language and culture intersect first began when traveling in Nicaragua last year. This was my first experience of a non-western culture and it inspired me to pursue ideas I was not exposed to in school. I have since then developed great interest in neuroscience, philosophy, and linguistics, and look for the ways these fields can interact both here and abroad. When I return to the United States in December, I will finish my last semester in Philadelphia and then hope to pursue my interest in language and the mind in graduate school.

John David - Córdoba, Argentina - Fall 2017

Program: 2017 Córdoba Integrated Studies Fall Semester

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My name is John David, I attend the University of Denver in Colorado, I study computer science with minors in Mathematics, Spanish, and Music. I’m a junior starting this year. I’m studying in Córdoba to increase my fluency in Spanish and learn a lot more in depth about a different culture.

Katherine Longabaugh - Córdoba, Argentina - Fall 2017

Program: 2017 Córdoba Spanish Studies Fall Semester

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¡Hola! My name is Kate Longabaugh and I'm from Seattle, WA in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! I am majoring in Spanish with minors in Historic Preservation and Environmental Studies at Goucher College in northern Baltimore, MD. I'm really looking forward to becoming fluent in Spanish, living in another culture, making friends, and exploring the beautiful places of Argentina!

Angelica Gordon - Alicante, Spain - Summer 2017

Program: Summer Term 2

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My name is Angelica Gordon and I’m a Texas native from Kingwood. I just completed my junior year of studying Nursing at Niagara University with a minor in Spanish. I am a part of the NCAA Division 1 swim team at NU. Going to school so far from home has given me many opportunities and I am about to embark on the greatest one yet. I’m excited to spend time studying in Alicante, Spain during the summer of 2017! ¡Deséame suerte!

Ashlyn Rulis - Alicante, Spain - Summer 2017

Program: Summer Terms 1 & 2

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¡Hola! My name is Ashlyn Rulis. I am majoring in Exercise Science and will be completing my minor in Spanish at la Universidad de Alicante this summer. I have just finished my junior year at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and, this coming fall, I will begin the Doctor of Physical Therapy program there. I am an avid runner and am a part of the cross-country and track programs at SAU. When not running or going to class, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, hearing/telling stories, and trying new foods. I fell in love with Spain four years ago on a short trip with my high school Spanish class and have been dreaming of returning ever since. Now, during the summer of 2017, that dream becomes a reality.

Amanda Ferrante - Seville, Spain - Summer 2017

Program: Summer Terms 1 & 2

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¡Hola! My name is Amanda Ferrante, and I have just completed my freshman year at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I live in Asbury, New Jersey with my younger brother and parents, and though I love my small town, I wish to explore more of the world. I plan on majoring in Bioengineering, with minors in Spanish and Applied Mathematics. Though I still am unsure of my plans for the future, I do know that I hope to work as a biomedical engineer or a doctor. I love to read, write, and listen to music. I am so excited for my summer abroad!

Monique LaBarre - Seville, Spain - Summer 2017

Program: Practicum in Education Summer Terms 1 & 2 plus May Term

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My name is Monique LaBarre and I am a rising junior at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. I'm a double major in Elementary Education and Spanish Language with a minor in Latin American Studies. In high school I spent a few weeks living in Costa Rica where I immersed myself in the language and I am excited to immersed myself in another culture and see the variations that exist within the language in different regions. I fell in love with Spanish language during my freshman year of high school and my love for it pushes my desire to be an elementary school Spanish teacher in the future. I look forward to embracing the Spanish culture and walking the beautiful streets of Sevilla during this hot summer!

Marissa Poole - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Summer 2017

Program: Integrated Summer Term 1

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I am a Spanish and Creative Writing major from Maryland studying at Susquehanna Univervisity. I can't wait to try out the island life for myself during my summer semester in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

Keelin Higgins - Alicante, Spain - Spring 2017

Program: Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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Keelin Higgins is a junior theatre Design and Production, and Spanish major at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY. She has been studying Spanish for about ten years and has always dreamed of going to Europe. In what time she spends not working in the theatre, she is often writing, reading, or wandering taking photos. She can't wait to see what this semester brings for her first adventure abroad, Alicante here she comes!

Jordan Hitchcock - Alicante, Spain - Spring 2017

Program: Spanish Studies/Integrated Academic Year

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A proud small-town Oregonian with global aspirations. I enjoy exploring new places, in the natural and urban world. I am studying International Relations and Spanish at Linfield College, class of 2018. The 2016-17 academic year I am studying abroad with Spanish Studies in Alicante, Spain where I will refine my Spanish language skills and intercultural abilities.

Emily Lais - Barcelona, Spain - Spring 2017

Program: International Studies plus Internship Course Option plus Integrated Studies 3rd Quarter Spring Semester

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Hi! My name is Emily Lais and I’m a junior at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. I’ll be pursuing my double major of Spanish and International Business at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain during the upcoming semester. As an only child from the suburbs of Minneapolis, I’m sure that everything from the weather to the culture will be a bit of a shock, but I’m so excited to experience all that the city has to offer. In my free time I like to think of myself as an artist and a nature enthusiast, and I especially enjoy exploring new places. I don’t currently have any plans for after graduation, but I know that I want a job that will allow me to travel and continue to use my Spanish throughout the rest of my life.

Melissa Bellerjeau - Seville, Spain - Spring 2017

Program: Spanish Studies/Integrated Studies Academic Year

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Hola! My name is Melissa Bellerjeau. I am a Sophomore Journalism major at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. What I am hoping to gain from my time in Spain is to advance to working proficiency in the Spanish language which will allow me to communicate with Spanish-speakers in the U.S. and around the world and share their stories accurately and fairly. But for the time being, I am so excited to share my stories with all of you on my life in Spain. I think my perspective will be unique as an academic year student since I will be studying abroad from September to June. I hope to spend this extended time assimilating to life in Spain as much as possible: living as locals do, establishing relationships with them, and adopting the local language and culture. When travelling, I think the most important things are visiting a city’s famous sites, learning about its lifestyle, tasting their food and finding fun ways to stay active, you know, balancing tapas with walks around the city.

Elena Haskins - Seville, Spain - Spring 2017

Program: Media Studies and Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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¡Hola! My name is Elena Haskins and I'm a junior Cinema and Photography student with a minor in Communication, Management, and Design from Ithaca College. I love pasta, skiing, terrible knock-knock jokes, and volunteering at the local SPCA. I'm so excited to share my adventures in Seville, Spain.

Natasha Vargas - Seville, Spain - Spring 2017

Program: Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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My name is Natasha Vargas and I am a rising senior double majoring in English and Spanish at Muhlenberg College. I love traveling and learning new things, so studying abroad in Sevilla is a dream come true. In my free time I enjoy reading, trying new foods, sight-seeing, and spending time outdoors. I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the art, culture, and traditions of Sevilla and sharing all of my discoveries with you!

Carmen Garcia - Havana, Cuba - Spring 2017

Program: Integrated Studies Spring Semester

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Marlena Candelario Romero - Havana, Cuba - Spring 2017

Program: Spanish Studies Spring Semester

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Hello! My name is Marlena Candelario Romero, I am a Junior at Ithaca College in upstate New York, originally from Massachusetts. I’m pursuing a self-designed major in Child and Family studies with a strong focus on social justice. This is where I am chronicling my study abroad semester in Havana, Cuba!

Portia Craig - Córdoba, Argentina - Spring 2017

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¡Hola! My name is Portia Craig and I am a Spanish and International Studies double major at Susquehanna University. I have been studying Spanish for about seven years and am eager not only to immerse myself in the culture but to put my language skills to the test! Beginning in mid-February, my adventures will begin in Córdoba, Argentina, where I will be studying at la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (National University of Córdoba), one of the most prestigious universities in the region. I’m so excited to learn new things, meet new people, try new cuisines and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Come join me as I commence the journey because this is only the beginning. ¡Vámonos!

Emily Chandran - Seville, Spain - Academic Year 2016

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¡Hola de Sevilla! My name is Emily Chandran and I am a rising junior studying Spanish and Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have always dreamed of spending a year abroad, immersing myself in a new culture, and enriching my soul with a true taste of another world. I know that my time in Spain will be full of new adventures and difficult challenges, but I am excited and ready to learn, explore, and above all grow through my experiences in Seville. I can’t wait to share my Spanish adventures with you!

Alex Bartlow - Alicante, Spain - Fall 2016

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Hello! My name is Alex Bartlow and I am currently a junior accounting and Spanish major at Butler University (Go Dawgs!) in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am from a small, Southern Indiana farm town named Bloomfield, and I have always wanted to see more of the world. In my free time I enjoy writing for my university and hometown newspapers, trying exotic foods, and reading. I have never been overseas, and Alicante is my most exciting journey yet!

Katharine Dashiell - Alicante, Spain - Fall 2016

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Katharine Dashiell is a senior at Russell Sage College in NY, studying Theatre and Spanish. Outside of school, she is a fitness instructor at her local YMCA and lover of yoga. She has two sisters and two cats who she loves equally. Katharine is excited to share her Study Abroad experience with you!

Efosa Erhunmwunse - Alicante, Spain - Fall 2016

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My name is Efosa Erhunmwunse, I am Bronx native who that identifies as a Nigerian-American. I will be starting my junior year at Ithaca College. I am majoring in Clinical Health Studies/Physical Therapy with two minors in Aging Studies (Gerontology) and Ithaca College’s Honors Program.

Stephanie Soule - Barcelona, Spain - Fall 2016

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Hello there! My name is Stephanie Soule and I am a senior studying International Business at Whitworth University. For this upcoming fall semester, I will be studying abroad at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona! I have studied abroad before, but I have yet to fully immerse myself into a new culture and language. I am more than thrilled to try everything the city has to offer. Here's to hoping I can out walk all of the delicious food I'm bound to come across while there!

Bailey Tillman - Seville, Spain - Fall 2016

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Hi! My name is Bailey Tillman and I'm a junior at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. I am planning to major in Spanish and Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Film Studies. Right now my future plans aren't set in stone, but I'd love to work in the news, possibly as a news anchor! I enjoy spending time on the lake, doing artsy projects, and spending too much time in coffee shops. I can't wait for my time in Sevilla, Spain, and I know it will be an experience of a lifetime!

Kristina Hughes - Córdoba, Argentina - Fall 2016

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Hello! My name is Kristina Hughes and I am a Junior at Trinity University. I am majoring in both Biology and Spanish. After graduating with my bachelors degrees I plan to earn my masters degree in education. I live in Northern California with my parents, I'm the youngest of four, and my sister and husband live in our same county as well. Some of my passions include: volleyball (I play for my university), enjoying God's creation (nature), traveling, reading, dirtbiking, and spending time with my loving family. I have been blessed to travel with my family growing up but I am so beyond excited for this study abroad opportunity to independently immerse myself in another culture and language, on a different continent! It will surely be challenging and difficult at times but I believe it will be a truly rewarding and worthwhile adventure.

Madeline St. John - Córdoba, Argentina - Fall 2016

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¡Hola! I'm Madeline, an American student who will be living in Cordoba, Argentina for this semester (until December). I arrived in the first days of July, in the middle of winter here (Fortunately, it isn't very cold here--for example, there is no snow). I am from Hawai'i, but I am more or less accustomed to the cold because I study in Baltimore, on the East Coast of the states. I attend Goucher College (proud to be a gopher!). In the states, I study English (literature and creative writing) and Spanish. Languages are a big interest of mine. Other things that interest me: food (I'm vegetarian, which is always an adventure when you're traveling), the arts, nature, politics, and the strange and beautiful ways in which people, countries, cultures, and ideas intersect

Laurel Nitzel - Alicante, Spain - Summer 2016

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Hello! My name is Laurel Nitzel. I am a Spanish and English major at Hillsdale College, and have just completed my sophomore year. I am the oldest of nine children and currently reside in Hastings, Nebraska. My plans after college are to work as a Spanish and English teacher at a classical or private school. I also plan to get my Masters and eventually Ph.D in Spanish either while teaching or after a few years of teaching experience. My favorite pastimes are reading, singing, writing, and spending time outdoors.

Mallory Rettenmeier - Alicante, Spain - Summer 2016

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My name is Mallory Rettenmeier. I just finished my freshman year at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. I am majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish before starting the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program there. I keep busy by running on the cross country and track teams, working at the library, and spending time with friends. I have two older sisters and an older brother. I have patiently waited as I watched my two sisters travel to Spain, Ireland, Italy, Costa Rica, and many other places. Finally, it’s my turn to travel! I am so excited to study in Alicante, Spain this summer. One of my favorite quotes is from Peter Pan/J.N. Barry: “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” I like to view every day as an adventure and am thrilled to be continuing my adventure in Spain.

David Eron - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Summer 2016

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Hello, My name is David Eron and I am a rising Junior at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. I am a New Media Major with a Computer Science and Math minor. I am originally from Chapel Hill, NC (GO TARHEELS). I love to cook and especially eat. This will be my fist time out of the continental US so I'm pretty physched . I am actually 75% Puerto Rican, but I was adopted so I'm really excited to be able to get to know the Puerto Rican culture and heritage while also learning about myself.

Finley Brogan - Alicante, Spain - Spring 2016

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My name is Finley Brogan, and I’m a Junior at Linfield College, where I’m double majoring in International Relations and Spanish. I’m originally from the town of Mosier, a wide spot in the road in rural north central Oregon, right along side the beautiful Columbia River. I’m passionate about trying new things, especially new and unusual food. In my free time I love to cook and go fishing, but I’m always down to drop everything and go on an adventure. I was raised in the country, went to school in the city, and now I’m finally living my dream of studying in a foreign country - something I couldn’t be more grateful for.

Gabi Meirick - Alicante, Spain - Spring 2016

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My name is Gabi Meirick. I am currently a junior at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a double major in Spanish and Business Management. I am a part of the women's soccer team here at Luther College, and I enjoy it very much. I also am a student worker for our visual media department. I am a part of the video bureau team; we make short videos for prospective high school students to find out more what the Luther College student life entails. I am excited about the opportunity to study abroad in Alicante, especially because I have never gone overseas before!

Susie Udall - Alicante, Spain - Spring 2016

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Hi everyone! My name is Susie Udall and I am a student at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Keene, and my Massachusetts hometown are very alike and fairly small, so my upcoming trip to Alicante, Spain will be a huge change for me! I could not be more excited. I have been dreaming of this trip for years, and the reality of it all is finally hitting me! I am a Spanish and Education major and cannot wait to see what Alicante has in store for me. I want to experience all that I can and be able to see the world through a different light. It is crazy to think about living in another country, and leaving my current life behind temporarily, but the thrill of it all is so overpowering and I seriously know I will be living my dream.

Kate Spencer - Barcelona, Spain - Spring 2016

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Hi! My name is Kate Spencer and I am currently a junior studying Marketing and Spanish at Butler University. I will soon be attending the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona! It has been my dream to travel the world. I am ecstatic and blessed to have the opportunity to study abroad in Spain. This will be the first time leaving the country and that excites me even more.

This blog will be a way for me to express my hopes, goals, and track my experiences for not only myself but my friends and family who are as equally excited for me.
I cannot wait to share my adventures with you!

Ashley Ahl - Seville, Spain - Spring 2016

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Hi, my name is Ashley and I am thrilled to be spending the Spring 2016 semester in Seville, Spain! I am an Integrated Marketing Communications major, Spanish minor in my third year at Ithaca College. My passions include dancing, planning events and documenting my life through photos. I am excited to finally be able to fulfill my dream of traveling and for everything this semester has in store.

Felix Barragan - Seville, Spain - Spring 2016

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My name is Felix Barragan and I am an International Business and Spanish Major at Concordia College Moorhead, MN. I'm from a small town in Minnesota and have big hopes and dreams in life so you could say I am beyond excited from getting the opportunity to travel abroad. I can not wait to gain a world perspective on life through this experience.

Emily Rybnick - Seville, Spain - Spring 2016

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¡Hola! My name is Emily Rybnick and I am a junior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. I am currently studying biology with a minor in Spanish (and possibly public health), with aspirations to become a Physician's Assistant! Whenever I don't have my nose in a book you can find me giggling over coffee with friends, singing/ dancing, or maybe even hiking some of the Pennsylvanian mountains. I will miss my amazing family and friends more than I can say, but I am unbelievably excited (and a little nervous) to see what is on the other side of the Atlantic in Sevilla. I have read about the beauty of Spain on paper, and I am forever grateful to have the chance to experience that beauty in real life! Follow along with me to hear some potentially embarrassing stories, see pictures of amazing food, and experience the adventures that await me!

Christine Croasdaile - Havana, Cuba - Spring 2016

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I’m Christine! I’m a twenty-year-old student from Brooklyn, New York and I’m studying in Havana, Cuba this spring I’m a Black Studies and Spanish major at Amherst College in Massachusetts, and I can probably be found dancing, eating, or cooking up trouble with my friends. I love my family, social justice, music, research, Twix chocolate candies, and my two godchildren. I spend hours talking with my professors - often times more than I should because #homeworkstruggle ¡Vamos a Cuba!

Sarah Jennings - Córdoba, Argentina - Spring 2016

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Hi! My name is Sarah Jennings, and this spring I'm headed back to Córdoba, Argentina. This will be my third study abroad trip, though it will be the longest by far! I'm studying Spanish and Politics at the University of Virginia, and I was delighted to find that Spanish Studies Abroad offered a program that was not only in Argentina, but in Córdoba--only a few hours' drive from Villa Dolores, the city where I went on my first ever departure from the United States. After my sophomore year of high school, I flew (and drove) for an entire day, in order to spend my summer in Argentina improving my Spanish and learning to love a new culture. I caught the bug, and have since studied for another summer in Valencia, Spain. I'm so looking forward to the coming semester, as a chance to revisit some old friends, and replay some memories, as well as make new ones!

Andrea Sanchez - Córdoba, Argentina - Spring 2016

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Hola! My name is Andrea Sanchez and although I am originally from New Jersey, all of my extended family resides in Argentina. It has been three years since I was last in Argentina and a great deal has changed since then. I look forward to reconnecting with what feels like long lost relatives and experiencing Argentina in a way that is starkly different than I have in the past. My recent semester abroad in Spain has influenced me greatly and I have no doubt that Argentina will add new and unique depth to my small, yet significant, world. Join me in my adventures and food escapades with the help of my blog!!!

Stacy Manson - Alicante, Spain - Fall 2015

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Hi my name is Stacy Manson, I am from Nebraska and will be venturing out into the world specifically, España!!!

This blog is dedicated to my travels and experiences I will be having before, while and after studying abroad! I am currently studying at Doane College, I am a Junior triple major. These majors are Business Administration, International Relations, and Spanish.  I am very excited to go and have been looking forward to this opportunity since I was a kid. One of my major goals in life is to travel the world! I have already visited a few places and that just drove me to want to do it more! I have been to Italy, Greece, and Mexico but I have this need to go more places! That is why I am so excited to be studying abroad in Alicanté, Spain!

This will definitely be a different experience than I have ever had before because I will be living and going to school there for the fall semester of 2015! I will be leaving home my family, boyfriend, friends, and my sorority to see this little gem in Spain! I am very excited, a little nervous, and ready to go!

Rachel Schaefer - Alicante, Spain - Fall 2015

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My name is Rachel Schaefer and I am starting my sophomore year at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. I am majoring is Psychology, Spanish, and Education. I chose these majors because they allow me to  explore my various interests, particularly my interest in Spanish-speaking culture, and to constantly continue learning. My love of learning is the reason I enjoy traveling. Through my travels I have had the opportunity to meet new people from around the world and form connections with them. This has led me to the realization that in order to find adventure and fulfilling experiences I should run towards opportunities rather than waiting for them to find me. My past travel experiences, from family vacations to studying abroad in Argentina, have left me incredibly excited to see what is waiting for me on my next adventures!

Sarah Callander - Seville, Spain - Fall 2015

I am a rising senior at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. I am a Political Science and Spanish major at Goucher. This past year I enjoyed being involved on campus and off through being a class senator, freshman mentor, features editor of the college newspaper, on the women's varsity tennis team, and tutoring local elementary school students. This summer I am away from my beautiful home state of Vermont and I am staying in Baltimore to intern with Office of the Public Defender. Additionally I am indulging in my love of baking and food in general by working at a cupcake store! Next semester in Seville you will probably find me either at a cafe trying new foods, at my internship, or dancing the night away. 
I am so ready for my semester abroad and I am also excited to share my experiences with people through the blog. I had a study abroad blog in the past and it was a rewarding experience.

Jessica Dartnell - Seville, Spain - Fall 2015

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¡Hola! My name is Jessica and I’ll be spending the fall semester of my junior year in Seville, Spain! Though I’ve been out of the country before, I’ve never been away for this long. I’m from a small town in northern New Jersey, but I go to Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. I’m studying Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing, and Spanish- can you tell that language is something I’m passionate about? I can’t wait to begin this adventure, knowing that I’ll be learning something new with every step. I hope that you will follow along with me on my blog!

Laura Thomas - Seville, Spain - Fall 2015

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Hi, I’m Laura! I am a Communications and Spanish double major going into my third year at Eastern University. In my free time I love to explore nature, sing, play mandolin, and create things. More importantly, I believe in the power of kindness, laughter, God, and a good cup of coffee. This fall I am excited to study abroad in Seville, Spain and to share my experiences and thoughts with you!

Arianna Ramos - Havana, Cuba - Fall 2015

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My name is Arianna Ramos and I am a student at UCSD. I study Political Science. I am half-Mexican and half-white which I think gives me a diverse background. I love doing martial arts and dancing.

Olivia Williams - Havana, Cuba - Fall 2015

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I’m Olivia! I’m a twenty-year-old student from Long Beach, California, and I’m studying in Havana, Cuba this fall! I’m an English major at Carleton College, and I can probably be found chasing down dogs, cooking, or reading in my free time. I love food, social justice, theatre, photography, books, and film. I spend hours in museums and bake sweets as frequently as I can eat them. ¡Vamos!

Angelique Chan - Alicante, Spain - Summer 2015

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Angelique Chan graduated in 2014 from Albany High School in Albany, California. She currently attends Willamette University as a 1st year student. Although she is undecided, she is interested in majoring in sociology, political science, business, psychology, or communication. Her hobbies include playing sports, listening to music, reading, spending time with friends, volunteering, and watching TV.

Abbie Montvilas - Alicante, Spain - Summer 2015

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My name is Abbie Montvilas. I am a Physical Therapy major and Spanish minor at the University of Findlay, a small private college in Ohio. I am born and raised in Ohio. This summer I will be studying abroad in Alicante, Spain for two months. I feel very fortunate and grateful to be able to travel at the young age on 20. I can’t wait to explore the country of Spain while immersing myself in the culture. Adventure awaits!

Millie Payne - Alicante, Spain - Summer 2015

Hi! My name is Millie. I am from Georgia where I am soon to finish my senior year at Shorter University. I am a psychology major with a Spanish minor. An interesting fact about me is that this is not my first time studying abroad! I went to Alicante last summer and fell in love with the city and culture. I am not done learning because my ultimate goal is to be bilingual. I am very excited to return. Alicante stole my heart a year ago, and I am ready to experience it again!

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Jessie Fox - Seville, Spain - Summer 2015

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My name is Jessie Fox, I will be spending the first summer session in Seville, Spain. I'm a sophomore at Hillsdale College in Michigan studying marketing, Spanish, and journalism. I cannot wait to immerse myself in the Spanish language and culture. I'm excited to learn, explore, and (most of all) embrace whatever adventure the beautiful city throws my way.


Vanessa Reyes - Seville, Spain - Summer 2015

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Hello! My name is Vanessa Reyes. I am a Los Angeles native currently working toward my BA in theatre studies as well as a double minor in Spanish and sociology at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Since I was a little girl, seeing all of the world and learning about different cultures was a dream of mine and now I am beyond excited to get the opportunity to do so this summer in Sevilla, Spain! I hope you can follow me on my adventures as I learn about Spanish culture, master the language, and meet new people. It will be the trip of a lifetime!​

Renee Richardson - Seville, Spain - Summer 2015

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Born and raised on America's Paradise, the U.S. Virgin Islands, I am currently a student at Gannon University and aspiring attorney. To gain insight on human development and interactions my major is psychology. Growing up in the Virgin Islands, which is a melting pot of cultures, I've have acquired the fascination of exploration; specifically exploring the diverse world around me. My minors are Spanish Studies and Pre-Law. My first exploration is that of the Spanish culture. Getting to know the people, their history, the language, and overall culture has always presented itself as an advantageous additive to self and future interactions to come. My professional, personal, and prosocial goals are all stories waiting to be written. I hope you enjoy my blog as I take on my first international experience of living abroad in Seville Spain for 2 months.

Ivy Rivero - Seville, Spain - Summer 2015

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Hello! My name is Ivy Marie. I am part of the Ferrum College class of 2015. I study English and creative writing, mass media and communications, and Spanish and am currently a sister of our local sorority Zeta Chi Epsilon and Editor-in-Chief of our literary and arts magazine, Chrysalis. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity to study in Spain and improve my language skills. This summer program is my gateway into travelling abroad. I've always wanted to see the world, let's see if I can survive it!

Alicia Krewer - Córdoba, Argentina - Summer 2015

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My name is Alicia Krewer and I am a second year student at the University of Vermont studying Biology and Spanish. I was first bitten by the travel bug during the second semester of my senior year of high school, when I went to Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland all within 2 months of each other. My desire to travel was only heightened by the freedom that moving 3021 miles away from home can provide. But, my affliction truly became chronic during my winter vacation this past December when I took 5 (count ’em, 5) layover flights to ultimately reach Lima, Perú where I did service for a week. Now my free time is consumed by dreams of traveling again, by dreams of staying in uncomfortable hostels, and by dreams of befriending travelers from all over the world while I soak in different cultures and experiences, which is why I am ecstatic to announce that I have extensive travel plans for this summer. Not only will I be road tripping to Pennsylvania (from Vermont, by way of Amherst, Massachusetts) to see my two closest college friends, but I will be touring South America and vehemently gorging myself on the freshness of my surroundings.

Lily Dorn - Alicante, Spain - Spring 2015

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My name is Lily Dorn and I am spending my spring semester in Alicante, Spain. I grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota and am currently attending Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I am majoring in Elementary Education and Spanish. I am so excited to master the Spanish language while immersing myself in a beautiful culture. This semester will be the trip of a lifetime.

Briana Neale - Alicante, Spain - Spring 2015

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My name is Briana Neale and I am a 19-year-old sophomore studying Social Work & Spanish at Niagara University. I am excited to travel to Alicante, Spain to further my knowledge of Spanish culture and language. Some of my interests include working with children, volunteering, and cooking. On campus I am highly involved in the Spanish Club working as the current secretary, as well as participating in weekly Spanish conversation tables, and volunteering through NUCAP and the Social Work Student Association. At home I spend my time working at the local YMCA as well as GVRC, a summer camp for children with special needs and disabilities. My other interests include dance, photography and crafts.

Erin Furmaga - Barcelona, Spain - Spring 2015

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¡Hola! As a Biology major finishing up undergrad at Hillsdale College, for my last semester I am forgoing studying at that campus; instead, I'm ​completing my Spanish minor in Barcelona, Spain. I did an informal study abroad in Ecuador during summer 2013, and I look forward to Barcelona's coffee, classwork, and unexpected adventures!

Raquel Hayes - Seville, Spain - Spring 2015

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Hola! My name is Rachel Hayes. I am 19 and a sophomore at Chapman University studying Spanish and Psychology with a minor in Dance. It has been my life’s dream to go to Spain and I am so extremely excited that I get to fulfill this goal. I fell in love with the Spanish language and culture during my freshman year of high school and my passion for it has grown exponentially since. I hope that through writing about and documenting my immersion within the Spanish culture, you too can come to love and appreciate it just as much as I do. ¡Vámonos!

Kathleen Wall - Seville, Spain - Spring 2015

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Katie Wall is an economics major from Madison, Wisconsin. She is a sophomore at Saint Mary’s College and a member of the University of Notre Dame marching band. She enjoys travel and studying languages, and hopes to one day be an interpreter and get paid to pursue her love of languages and travel. 

Emily Weber - Córdoba, Argentina - Spring 2015

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¡Hola! My name is Emily Weber and I’m studying abroad in Córdoba, Argentina. I am a senior at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota majoring in Global Studies and Spanish. While abroad, I hope to live and learn in solidarity with my community, embrace the culture, and explore various volunteer opportunities.

Amie Gagnon - Alicante, Spain - Academic Year 2014

Hello all!  I’m Amie, and I’m studying abroad for an academic year in Alicante, Spain.  I’m a student at Keene State College, majoring in Spanish, minoring in German, and with a keen interest in travel and the opportunity it brings, and the people you meet!  Even so, I’m nervous but excited…this isn’t my first time abroad, but it will be my first time using a foreign language for any time longer than an hour or two!  I’m totally not ready for this adventure, but that’s the best way to begin: feet first, ready or not!  I can’t wait to share my experience and some pictures, and to make the world just a little bit smaller for everyone reading.

Lily Fehler - Alicante, Spain - Fall 2014

My name is Lily and I am returning to Spain for about four months of study after a too-short visit to Granada and Madrid in 2004.  Although I have changed my area of study several times, I am in my final year of studies in Spanish Language and Culture at Russell Sage, an all-female college in Troy, NY. In addition to my studies at the Universidad de Alicante, I hope to see as much of Spain and Portugal as I can on a shoestring.  Please come along for the journey as I document it on my blog!

Tayler Morris - Barcelona, Spain - Fall 2014

My name is Tayler Morris and I am a junior from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. I am a Political Science major and a Spanish and International Studies minor. When I'm not in school, I spend my summers in Waukegan, Il, a northern suburb of Chicago. Going to Barcelona is perfect for me because of its unique role in Spanish politics and its mix of Catalan and Spanish cultures.

Cynthia Eby - Seville, Spain - Fall 2014

Hi, my name is Cynthia and I'm a senior at Seattle Pacific University, with a major in linguistics and a minor in Spanish. I'm looking forward to spending time in Seville this fall. I've been in Spain before, and I've heard Spanish around home growing up, but I'm definitely looking foward to learning more and becoming more fluent in Spanish. Read along to see how I fare!

Ian Endresen - Havana, Cuba - Fall 2014

My name is Ian Endresen and I’m from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. I’m 20 years old and I am majoring in neuroscience with a minor in Spanish at Susquehanna University. I enjoy playing sports, participating in outdoor recreation, and working out. I am the youngest of my family and the fourth to receive higher education.

Claire Barnwell - Córdoba, Argentina - Fall 2014

Bienvenido a Córdoba. I am Claire and this is the story of my semester abroad as it unfolds. I am 20 years old and currently study anthropology, environmental studies, and spanish! Traveling is a passion of mine, and learning about the world outside of the classroom is such a privilege! There are always hopes, fears and surprises with traveling! I hope I can share some of mine with you and hopefully inspire your own adventure!

Leanne Cleveland - Córdoba, Argentina - Fall 2014

Bienvenidos a mi mundo en Argentina! Soy Leanne y tengo 20 años.Ever since I was a child, I have loved to travel, but it is exhilarating that this I time I am on my own to grow in independence and diversity for the six months that I am abroad. I look forward to forging a new lifestyle, which will include Argentine asados, or barbecues, fútbol (maybe I will run into Lionel Messi on the streets!), the traditional drink of mate, and of course the tango. I want to go beyond what is recommended to see and do in the land of silver, and create my own unique adventures along undiscovered roads and neighborhoods.

Kerri Hartnett - Córdoba, Argentina - Fall 2014

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Hi.  I'm Kerri. I'm about to do something crazy.  I am about to get on a plane without my family, without my friends, without any sense of comfort, and travel to what I am naming the 'grand unknown': Córdoba, Argentina.  I am a Spanish, Social Work double major at the tiny, private, Christian, liberal arts school outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania known as Eastern University and for as long as I can remember studying abroad has been my dream. 

Morgan Stevens - Córdoba, Argentina - Fall 2014

Mi nombre es Morgan Stevens y soy una estudiante de psicologia y espanol de Goucher College en Baltimore, Maryland. Tengo una obsesion con manteca de mani, y todo que ver con la cocina. Me falta un semestre mas en los Estados Unidos y cuando me graduo, me gustaria volver a Latinoamerica para asistir a una escuela de gastronomia (el secreto es que eventualmente querria abrir mi propio restaurante y escribir una series de libros de cocina). Mi blog es la cosa que uso para reflejar en mis experencias y trato de reconocer mi crecimiento personal. Espero que lo disfruten