Curiosity and creativity lie at the core of who I am as a cognitive science major. The field is unique in that it is a blend of many disciplines. It encompasses psychology, philosophy, computer science, and more, and integrates them into a comprehensive major for those who want to learn it all. In many ways, I have found Barcelona to be a lot like cognitive science. It is a blend of rich culture and history, beautiful beaches, delicious food, and exciting nightlife. I studied abroad to expand my…

Ever since starting college, I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I had so many questions. Where? When? With what program? How long? Thanks to the help of my friends and advisor, it became any easy decision. CEA is one of two programs offered for students at Iowa State to study in Barcelona. My friend, Luci, already knew she wanted to study abroad through CEA in Barcelona because she is working on a Spanish minor. After talking with more friends and family, I found out a sorority…

CEA surpassed all of my dreams of what a study abroad program could be. From amazing teachers who want to give you their worldly knowledge to tapas classes taught by some of the best chefs in Barcelona, CEA really had it all. One of my favorite parts of CEA was the AICAP program. Academic Integrated Cultural Activities Programs, helps you connect your experiences outside the classroom with the content you learn in class. For a small deposit, CEA students are given the option to attend additional trips, whether…

Follow me as I walk around Barcelona to see some of my favorite places. I walk by the Sagrada Família every day on my way to the metro and stop at Forn Verdaguer for coffee and croissants more than I should. Life in Barcelona has been a blast, and this vlog shows just a few of the many amazing sites to see here. Julia D. is the Spring 2018 CEA MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Finance & Marketing at Iowa State University.

When studying abroad in Barcelona, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with the land of endless sunshine and adventure.  With its incredible food scene, close proximity to the beach, vibrant culture and nightlife, it is very easy to get swept up in the excitement.  For those of us traveling on a college budget, these expenses can quickly pile up.  Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the thriving atmosphere of Barcelona without breaking the bank! Take advantage of Barcelona’s beautiful outdoor spaces There are…

To get from Des Moines, Iowa to Barcelona, Spain is no simple task. Three flights, two long layovers, and one cab ride later, I finally made it to my new home away from home. I had no idea what to expect upon my arrival here in Barcelona, as I had never been to Spain before. It has only been a few weeks, but this beautiful city is everything I expected and more. Pre-departure Jitters The two biggest worries I had coming into this experience were the language barrier…

I come from Iowa State University which is located in Ames, Iowa. The population of Ames is around 65,000 people and this number includes the 36,000 students that attend the university each year. Clearly, Barcelona is quite different, with an approximate population of 1.6 million people. School in Iowa versus school in Barcelona is truly a night and day difference. In Ames, the campus is 3 square miles and I live just outside of that area. Here in Barcelona, I take classes at the CEA Study Center, which…

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…

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…