Who doesn’t love free things?  Well, this trip to Granada was not exactly free, but it was included in the CEA Madrid program, so why not take advantage of an awesome trip?  Recently, CEA Madrid students were given the opportunity to travel to Granada, Spain for a weekend getaway.  While the weather was less than ideal, we still made the most of a rainy weekend in the south of Spain. We started the weekend off with a walking tour around Granada.  We explored the city with umbrellas in…

My suitcase was under 50 pounds.  My travel documents were in check.  My boarding pass was in hand.  I was ready to take off for Madrid, Spain.  Hello, or should I say hola, my name is Cara, and I am the current MOJO Blogger in Madrid for Spring 2018.   I always knew I wanted to study abroad in college, and once I declared a minor in Spanish, I knew Spain was the obvious choice for where I should spend a semester of my life. Although I’ve only…

A major part of study abroad is the “study” portion.  The reality of my academic life abroad is the classes I am taking are incredibly different than the United States equivalent, and that is exactly what I had in mind before I got here. When I decided to study abroad, I knew I wanted to take classes that would both meet the requirements of my home university and actually interest me.  Now I can confidently say both of those things are checked off the list.  One of the…

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…

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…