5 days. 5 days is the amount of time I have left studying abroad here in Madrid. It feels like it was just yesterday that I had arrived in Madrid in September and now here I am about to close out my semester abroad. These past few days I really have been reflecting on my time here in Madrid. I’ve realized that in just over 4 months I have grown more than I thought I ever would and I have seen more than I ever thought possible. During…

Take a glimpse into all the incredible experiences and opportunities that study abroad holds. These are just a few of the places, the buildings, the views, and the people that I have come across during my time abroad. The possibilities of adventure and new experiences are endless. The world is at your fingertips while you’re abroad, take advantage of every moment and go see all that it has to offer! Lauryn H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Blogger in Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Senior studying Exercise…

Seeing what life is like as a study abroad student was something I really valued when deciding to go abroad. “What would the streets look like? What would my commute to school look like? What would I do? How many classes would I take? How long would my classes be?” I hope this short snippet of my life as a Madrid student answers those questions for you. It’s busy, fun, and filled with travel and learning new things. And this is ONLY one of the many days I’ve…

I have been in Madrid for just a short time and it already has been one of the biggest cultural learning experiences of my life. Being a student in the United States is very different from being a student in Spain. There are so many things I didn’t know about the academic system in Spain and what being a student would be like here. I am int the Spanish Language & Culture program here in Madrid. When I first enrolled with CEA, I was allowed to pick my…

I looked at other places like Argentina, Brazil, and many others, but I knew that Spain was going to give me the best experience for me to really practice my Spanish. I completely engulfed myself in the Spanish culture and would have to practice the language every single day, wherever I go. If I go to the grocery store, restaurant, social event, school, anywhere, I have to speak Spanish (of course many people speak English here), but the point of going abroad to learn a language is to…

When I was first looking into going abroad, there were several programs that offered places I wanted to go. I had a difficult time narrowing down the specific city I wanted to study in, solely because there are so many incredible places in the world to go. How does someone choose just one? But I came to the conclusion that my goals for going abroad (improving my Spanish Language) could be greatly achieved by studying and living in Spain. I also loved the idea of the opportunity to…

While abroad, I encountered surely one of the greatest challenges that could have come up for a study abroad student. I thought everything would run smoothly during my time here in Madrid, but life always throws curve balls when you least expect it. In short, I got appendicitis. I remember walking to the private hospital nearby because the pain wouldn’t go away and I knew something was really wrong. I walked in and immediately felt culture shock because I could only speak a little Spanish. How on earth…

Being part of CEA’s program is truly a blessing, as they give us so many incredible opportunities to learn and grow in the Spanish culture. This past weekend is a great example: CEA took us to Seville, Spain. We all met at the Atocha Renfe train station in Madrid, on a Friday morning. We took about a 3 and a half hour train ride to Seville, and once we arrived, we took a coach bus to our hotel. We stayed at a beautiful hotel just 10 minutes walking…

Hola! My name is Lauryn. I’m currently a Senior at Belmont University studying Exercise Science with a Spanish Minor. As you can tell, I’m currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain for the fall of 2017 in the Spanish and Language Program. It has now been one week since I left the United States to embark on the adventure of studying abroad and to say that is has been absolutely breathtaking is an understatement. Pre-Departure for my study abroad trip, I felt alright. I was excited! I was buying lots…