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Challenges to Prepare for in Barcelona

by Dominic Occhiuzzo, Florida Gulf Coast University Studying abroad is an exciting adventure that is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.  However, every student is sure to face some type of challenge or barrier over the course of the semester. An important aspect of life is to be able to welcome these challenges and better yourself by overcoming them. When prepping to come to Barcelona, I had an unlimited amount of questions that caused me to have anxiety and fears about possible challenges and whether I would be able to overcome them – things like the language barrier,...

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Homesickness While Abroad

By Laszlo Van Straelen, Guilford College It’s no secret that being abroad for a long time can be full of highs and lows. There will always be excitement when one is leaving home to live in another country for a while. The first few weeks of a study abroad experience is usually experimental, where you get used to the cultural differences and explore as much as possible. There are plenty of events to attend and meeting people is very easy. After the excitement wears off, some people may begin to feel a sense of homesickness. This can be especially...

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Embracing Discomfort

Hola chicos, qué tal! My name is Kendra Espiritu, I am a Junior at New Mexico State University, born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. I am pursuing my Bachelor’s in International Business and minoring in International Studies and Spanish. Here in the beautiful city of Barcelona, I am attending the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and taking international business and humanities classes in both Spanish and English. I am living in an apartment in the heart of the city with the coolest roommates, exploring the city by foot, meeting new people, making life long friends and of course constantly practicing...

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Seven Tips for Homesickness While Abroad

By Erran Owenby, Lenoir-Rhyne University Hola! My name is Erran Owenby. I attend Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) and my major is Graphic Design. I am currently studying abroad for the Spring 2020 semester from January 2nd to April 24th. As you can tell, I will be here for a total of about four months and that’s a long time to be away from my family, considering I used to go home every other week at my home university. I have been in Barcelona for a few weeks now, and at this point, homesickness has begun to affect...

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Things No One Tells You About a Homestay

By Rebecca Land, Missouri State University  Once I decided to study abroad, all of my friends encouraged me to do a homestay. During their study abroad experiences, they had all stayed with local families and they all loved it. I consider myself an independent person so at first, I was skeptical. Back home, I live in a house with one roommate. I’m used to cleaning my house, doing my own laundry, and cooking my own meals. I talked to a representative from the program and they assured me that I could still be independent while living in a homestay....

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