I was always told that the best way to learn a new language is to Study abroad; being able to hear it and being forced to speak it. At first I was afraid, because of the cultural difference. I wanted to learn the language but I didn’t want to be far away from home. That is why I chose to study with the University of Alabama’s UA in Spain Program. One reason is because I believe it is a great way of being far away but feeling at home. At first I knew no one but I was able to get to know many of the people that I would be traveling with and we all had something in common. Also I believe that it made me and my family comfortable knowing who I would be with.

Of course, I’ve been feeling very anxious about it all.  Its my first time being far way from my family, leaving the United States, and flying! Thats a lot of new things to experience all at once. The way I’ve coached myself is by repeating to myself “Sí, se puede” which means “yes one can” in Spanish. I know that I can do anything if I just relax and put my mind to. I’ve told myself that this experience will be different, but it will also be worth it.

As I board this plane, I expect to learn more about the language and culture. I expect for me to take full advantage of this trip and come back a new person. I expect to make new, long lasting friend. And my main expectation, is that this will be one of the most amazing times of my life.