I chose to learn from the locals. It gave me the chance and the reason to talk to some locals while here in Barcelona. I stopped 10 people and just had a short conversation with them about what they were doing. This man actually stopped me to ask for directions. I happily helped him, but I also asked where he was visiting from. He told me he had just moved to Barcelona for a job and he was getting the hang of living in a new city. I felt…

As I start my walk through the city center, I’m struck again by how happy and alive the Spanish language sounds. All around me, the air buzzes with conversation. It seems all of Granada is out tonight. I can hear people chatting about their day at work, what they’ll do for dinner, or asking after one another’s family. The air is crisp and cold, and with the Christmas season approaching, there are roadside stands selling roasted chestnuts and filling the air with a sweet smokiness that adds to…

In 2008, I made Black history. I was 1 of 2 Black students in my program in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and 1 of 3 Black students in my program in Madrid, Spain. Was I the first to do it? No. I wasn’t even the first person in my family to do it. But, according to NAFSA data, in 2015-2016, only 5.9% of study abroad students were Black. Since my study abroad experience was 7 years prior, I like to think that I contributed to that growth, and to the…

Moving to a foreign country with a foreign language can be overwhelming. CEA provides an amazing networking opportunity through the intercambio program. Spanish students come in voluntarily to meet American students, help teach Spanish, learn English, and share cultural experiences. CEA put on many intercambio events throughout the semester, one being game night. Everyone had a blast and it was such a great way to meet locals! Madison M. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in Seville, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Psychology at Christopher Newport…

What does a “normal” day look like while studying abroad in Granada, Spain? (Is there any such thing as normal in a city this beautiful?) In all the excitement getting ready to study abroad, it’s easy to imagine the big things, but the normal parts of life seem impossible to grasp! In this video, I’ll give you an overview of what my day-to-day looks like here, including everything from my walk to school in the morning, to homework time, coffee dates with friends, and meals with my host…

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…

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4 airports, 3 flights, and 13 hours took me from Indianapolis, Indiana across the Atlantic Ocean to Granada, Spain. I’ve only flown overseas once before in my life, but I’m still amazed that in a matter of hours, you can be in a completely different country, on a completely different continent. The day I arrived in Granada was a day I had long looked forward to. Ever since I applied for my student visa back in October, I had counted down the days until my departure. Even though…

Before actually living in Granada, my knowledge of the city was strictly bound to what I read in a few articles online or in travel guides. I had the basic history of the city, the major sightseeing points, and of course, a commentary on tapas culture, but in regards to real connections to the city, I had none. Fast-forward a few months, and I’m happy to say that has completely changed. What started out as a study abroad “destination” has quickly become my second home, a city where…

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…

After my family lived in the Philippines for 3 years, I knew I needed to study abroad. CEA offered exactly what I was looking for: a housing option that allows cultural immersion, excursions within and outside of Spain, and many opportunities to learn and meet new people. I was extremely nervous about the language barrier in Spain, mostly because I had not taken a Spanish class in over a year and was really rusty on my Spanish-speaking skills! I am glad it did not stop me from going to Spain because…