It took me a month to pack before coming to Spain. I stressed over what clothes to bring to best fit in and packed and repacked a million times before I finally zipped up a four-month wardrobe into one suitcase with what I hoped would make me look like a local. The truth is, you probably will never fit the “Spanish look.” Once in a while, I get to bask in the mistake of someone assuming I was Spanish because I wore a certain shirt or pair of earrings…

Throughout my entire study abroad experience, I have been extremely impressed with CEA (and this is not because I am blogging for them). You don’t really understand all the little things CEA does that you wouldn’t have with another program until you land in a foreign country. Everything form setting up your accommodations, arranging excursions and cultural experiences, The fact CEA organized and rented me an apartment with roommates for the four months I am here makes a huge difference. Another thing different about CEA that I didn’t…

I wish that someone would have told me before I went abroad that taking solo trips is one of the most important things you can do. Although I love traveling with friends, I never felt more blissful than I did traveling alone. The opportunity really gives you time to reflect and is the perfect way to hit the reset button. Especially when you are abroad it seems that I was always busy doing something or with friends. It is nice to be on your own time and getting…

Whether you’re first researching cities and countries or already packing your suitcase, it’s almost impossible to keep yourself from imagining what your new life abroad will look like. I found myself picturing my city, my host family, the friends I would meet, and the trips I would take. But with all of those exciting things also comes the “study” part of study abroad. After almost a whole semester (where has the time gone?) in Granada, here are my thoughts on the academic side of study abroad! CEA hosts…

I can’t believe I’m saying this – but, I return back to the United States in under two weeks. This semester abroad has been the most exhilarating whirlwind of an experience. It’s only been four months, yet I feel I’ve gained a lifetime of knowledge about myself and the world around me. I’ve traveled to more countries in this short amount of time than I have in my entire life and I’ve made connections that will endure any length of time or distance. Overall, I feel that I…

Living in a different country and learning a new language can be difficult to say the least. You might feel like language barriers are squeezing you into a tunnel when all you want to do is communicate globally. I have spent four months in a country with a different language. Some language barriers did arise, but hereare three techniques I learned to help adapt to French and ultimately do what I came here to do: immerse myself in the French culture. Implementing these techniques in any country with…

Studying abroad with CEA has been an incredible experience. I have grown as an individual, future healthcare provider, and as a student. CEA’s slogan is “Learn your potential” has been my motto throughout the past three months. I have done things that I never thought that I would and overcome many fears. Become Independent! This was the first time that I have ever traveled out of the country without my parents. At first, I was very overwhelmed. I could do whatever I wanted! But what did I want…

“So… why did you choose Ireland?” This is a question I’ve gotten multiple times from friends and family back in the U.S.  They just couldn’t imagine that I’d want to go somewhere cold during the Winter season. However, coming to Dublin, Ireland was a non-question for me and here’s why: I knew I wanted to study abroad, but the options were tight because my major (Strategic Communications, Social Media) is so specific. After looking around, CEA Dublin seemed like a perfect fit. If you have read any of…

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Rome is a beautiful city with sites to see around every corner. Before I left, everyone loved to tell me that I could live in Rome my entire life and still not see everything. I finally believe them. In an effort to see as much of Rome as I could (and to maybe catch a sneaky glimpse of the Pope walking in the gardens), I decided I would take the trek up to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. After paying my 6 euro to get in, I…

Studying abroad was an adventure I knew I wanted to experience before I applied to colleges. I applied to schools with study abroad programs that interested me from the beginning, with the mindset that, my junior year, I’d study internationally. Choosing Prague was not a difficult decision for me; it’s beautiful, fairly inexpensive, and central in Europe. I hadn’t heard much about the Czech Republic, or their language, so I knew immersing myself in their culture would take time and patience. Now that my 3 month stay in Prague…