Spanish Teaching and Early childhood education majors
Burgos, Spain 2016
As I got ready to leave Spain I realized I wasn’t ready to go. The city I lived and studied in had become like another home to me. I had bonded with many people there and fallen in love with the culture and the food. So leaving was difficult. I, of course, was excited to see my friends and family in America again but that didn’t make leaving any easier. Just because you’re excited to see your family, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be sad to leave a wonderful experience. I now feel like I have two lives, one in Spain and one in America. If you have really enjoyed your time abroad, coming home will be a sad experience. I was lucky enough to have a family I bonded with and to have made a few close friends in Spain. So I left, said my goodbyes and traveled for 25 hours, knowing that all good things come to an end.
Coming home. It felt like a dream, like it couldn’t be real. I couldn’t really be in my home, with my parents, and cuddling my cats. Once a few days passed it started to finally feel real. But then Spain faded into a dream. Was I ever in Europe? Did I really travel the world on my own? The more I talk about my experience the more it becomes real. But still, talking about what I did in a foreign country that almost none of my friends have been to is a really strange experience.
I am so grateful for this experience that western has provided me. Even with it’s ups and downs I would never trade it for the world. So if you’re reading this and debating whether or not to study abroad, I 100% encourage you to do so. There are so many scholarships and loans that can be taken out to study abroad. Some of the programs are even cheaper than a semester a western. This is an invaluable experience that really does allow you to grow and mature in a way that wouldn’t be possible without this opportunity. That is what I found to be true for me at least.
Overall I am so happy to have had the opportunity to go to Spain and I am overjoyed to be a Bronco.