Author: Kenlee Morris

4 Tips for Making the Most of Your Homestay

By Kenlee Morris, University of Michigan Choosing to live in a homestay comes with some great opportunities, as well as some important responsibilities. These are 4 tips on how to make the most of your homestay: 1. Get to know the people in your homestay. This goes for both your host family and your other housemates. It’s great to learn about Barcelona and the rest of Spain in general, but nothing quite replaces hearing anecdotes from your host family. They’ll likely appreciate you valuing their point of view, and it may make the experience of traveling to another country less...

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Did Someone say ‘Friends’?

By Nyah Pierson, University of Michigan Through packing, learning Spanish and Catalan, and getting your medicine ready for your trip, I’m sure that you have slightly pondered one topic: friends. It is completely okay for you to be a little worried about this department. In fact, it is completely normal to be concerned about who your roommates will be and whether they are kind and cleanly. Well, I am here to tell you that there is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, you should not only not be worried or nervous at all. You should be invigorated to know that you are meeting new people and going to have new experiences with these individuals. Going to Barcelona opened my eyes about a lot, especially the people I share this planet with. Even if the majority of us came from the same country of the United States or the majority of us came from the same host institution of University of Michigan, there was so much variety and difference in our group that I could not have wanted to be with any other group of people to experience Barcelona with. I was one of three roommates in my host family and although I knew my roommate that I shared my space with from before, I did not know my third roommate. However, knowing someone and living with someone are...

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What I Learned While Visiting Barcelona

By Kenlee Morris, University of Michigan Unfortunately, my time in Barcelona is coming to an end. I’ve grown accustomed to living and taking classes in the city, and while I find myself missing my friends and family back home, I’m not dying to go back to Michigan. I can’t say that my journey was easy, however, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I made plenty of mistakes along the way. I hope that you can benefit from a reflection on my experience, as well as what I’ve learned from fellow travelers. One of the most important pillars of...

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10th Anniversary Site Visit

Barcelona SAE is proud to be celebrating our 10th Anniversary in 2019. We recently invited our university partners to join us for a group site visit in Barcelona earlier this month. Here are some highlights from what was a very memorable...

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Five Tips for the Soon-to-Be Sojourner

By Nyah Pierson, University of Michigan As you get ready to come to Barcelona, you may have heard of Parc Güell and you might even have heard of the amazing beach at Barceloneta…but I am going to give you a few tips that I wished I had known before coming to Barcelona: You will meet a lot of new people and you will make friends. I embarked on this trip thinking I might connect at most with my roommates, my host family, and a lot of the locals. I knew I could count on the staff at Barcelona SAE because...

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