For my entire life, I have been torn between two identities. In one household, there’s my father: a strong, empowered African American man who is married to my Latina step-mom. In the other household, there’s my mother: a fiercely independent Jewish woman of European descent who is married to my step-dad, a man born and raised in Israel. Growing up with such a complex, multicultural background exposed me to many rich cultures and lifestyles, but was also the most confusing part about my upbringing. I struggled to feel…

If you’re an African American studying abroad, you’re already a minority. It’s a whole new story when you get to your study abroad destination. Here are 7 things you need to know as an African American study abroad student. You Will Still be the Minority African Americans make up 46.8 million of the 323 million people in the United States. We are still clearly part of the minority. In Spain, especially Barcelona, African Americans make up an even bigger minority percentage. Overall, be prepared to not see many…

Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to study abroad. There was something about moving away across the country, immersing myself in new culture, new experiences, and stepping out of my comfort zone that I always found enticing. How did I know CEA was the program for me? Well that was easy. CEA had so many amazing course options that not only sounded enjoyable, and they were also suitable for my major. CEA also provides you with amazing housing locations in the heart of the city…

Walking at all times in Barcelona is always an amazing experience, from hearing the laughter of kids playing in the streets to the roaring sounds of the metro. Just walking through the metro every day is always different. You can hear the sounds of the gates clicking open and the “woosh” of the metro coming into the stop. There are talented musicians wanting to entertain the public in the metros or just on the streets. The best part of studying abroad is being able to easily travel to…

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Traveling to nearby places while you are studying abroad is a great way to learn about new cultures and enhance your study abroad experience. I chose to do some traveling around Europe before my semester in Barcelona began and I also took a few weekend trips during the semester. Just last weekend, I went with a few friends to Seville and Granada in the south part of Spain. From my experiences, I’ve put together a few pieces of advice that I hope will help other fellow travelers! Take…

Communications is an enormous field that covers everything related to human connections, from how we speak and write, to how we communicate through mass media. Studying abroad has been a very rewarding experience as a communications major because it has allowed me to extricate myself from my culture and see not only how different cultures in Europe communicate, but also how they perceive my communication style. In such a globalized world it is important to be aware and sensitive to such cultural differences and how messages may be…

Here is a tour of my apartment in the beautiful district of Eixample. CEA provided me with an excellent location just a quick 20-minute walk from CEA and the heart of Barcelona, Plaza Catalonia. The apartment is very spacious and came fully furnished providing my roommates and I with all of necessary tools to have an easy adjustment to our new lifestyle in Barcelona. Brynn M. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Communication at California Polytechnic State University, San…

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One of the best parts of studying abroad in Europe was being able to travel to a different country every weekend because they are all only a few hour plane ride away! Plus being in such a central location with an amazing international airport like Barcelona, you are given unprecedented access to almost anywhere you could want to go. What I didn’t realize was how hard it was going to be to narrow down where to go each weekend! So I decided to make future study abroad students…

Here are my first thoughts upon arriving in Barcelona. Hopefully after reading this, your questions will be answered! How am I ever going to learn my way around? Barcelona was one of the biggest European cities I had ever been to. When I arrived it was dark and I could not actually see how widely the city expanded. I came to understand that I lived pretty much as far away from the ocean as they could have placed me. But with Barcelona’s amazing transportation systems, it was really…

There are so many great opportunities to enhance your study abroad experience in Barcelona. You can do an internship, volunteer, or take a career development seminar, just to name a few. Maria Mateu, who is part of the CEA team in Barcelona, oversees all of these programs! I conducted a short Q&A session with Maria to have her explain a bit about some of these amazing opportunities. Sarah H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Graphic Design at Champlain…