It did not hit me that I would be living abroad in Spain for four months until my mom parked our car outside of the JFK airport. Throughout my journey to Seville, I felt equal parts terrified and excited. I was nervous that I would have a hard time with the language and would not make friends and would not like my classes and everything would go wrong. But, even then, I somehow knew I would look back on this semester as one of the best times in…

As a Communication Major, I think it is vital to career growth to learn how to communicate and build relationships in a culturally diverse setting. Making friends and going to lunch with students from different countries helps better understand cultural differences.   International Business School Makes Learning More Culturally Diverse My international business class has students from 17 different countries and is taught by a professor from England who lives in France. I believe it is a much more interesting and globally diverse class than learning international business from an…

Studying abroad in Spain is absolutely amazing. Just look at my everyday walk to class!   Paige Hurner is the Fall 2015 CEA MOJO Photographer in Seville, Spain. She is currently a junior California Polytechnic State University.

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Tapas are abundant in this cute, traditional town, but when you want something besides the normal potato or “jamon iberico” dish, you may need some help. Food in Sevilla is delicious, especially when you go to more expensive restaurants. The day-to-day food however, may start to get boring and you will crave more flavors and SPICES. Also you may miss common snacks you may eat when at home. So let me tell you about the little gems throughout Sevilla to give you more variety in your local diet….

This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the Sevilla Film Festival to check out cool, modern artwork, and most obviously, watch indie films. Some of these have been pre-selected for the Oscars or premiered at the prestigious, celebrity-ridden Cannes Film Festival in France. So many movies from different genres and selections are offered from all over Europe, and luckily for me, English subtitles are provided for most. Even better? The thrifty price of 2,50 euros per movie! (I got the season ticket pass of 8 movies for…

Plaza de Espana is an absolutely gorgeous building in the middle of an extensive beautiful park in Sevilla, Spain. Horse carriages go around the fountain as you walk around. You can also row a boat through the water by the building or sit on its steps or tiled benches representing different provinces of Spain. It is just such a fun place to go to and unlike anything we have back home. The students always meet up here for a walk in the park, photoshoot, or to have fun…

Dear Pre-Abroad Me, There is so much I wish I had known before going abroad. I wish I knew that I would need more clothes. I wish I brought mosquito bite medicine. I wish I took into account that Sevilla’s airport is smaller and therefore flights are more expensive. …But wishing is pointless! I feel way more grateful, appreciative, and glad than ever–most of that is because I came into this with no expectations. I think this is so important to having the best time of your life…

Being an art major concentrating in photo image making, I have taken my fair share of photography classes throughout my college career. This being said, I have learned a great deal about myself through the photography class I have been taking at the University of Sevilla. Our classes are split pretty evenly three ways: 1. Lecturing on the great masters of photography and how far the technology itself has come in the last 200 years. 2. Spending time outside of the classroom trying to capture the essence of the…

Once you go abroad, you come back a different person, and it’s hard to explain until you do it yourself. A friend of a friend of a friend perfectly described it as, “Nothing [at home] changes once you’re back. The only thing that changes is you.” As my time abroad dwindles down, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I–and my views–have changed after being immersed in a whole new culture. If anything else, this experience has taught me the importance of being flexible, keeping an open…

This past weekend, I went somewhere I never thought I would ever go to: Morocco—and it was nothing like I had expected. Bright (actually dark) and early at 7:15am on Friday morning, a group of about thirty of us all loaded onto a bus and began our trek to Africa. One ferry ride and two bus rides later, I found myself in Tétuoan, Morocco where we met our tour guide for the next two days, Abdul, who also went by George [Clooney] because of his self-proclaimed stark resemblance to…