My name is Tasha Cornell-Roberts and I studied in Madrid, Spain for the fall of 2012. I am a Sociology and Spanish double major, as well as a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team. I used my study abroad experience to improve my Spanish skills, as well as immerse myself in a new culture filled with tapas, sangria and churros con chocolate!
In Spain we had the opportunity to learn not only about the ancient and fascinating history of the country, but also experience the current social, economic and political events that made our time there truly unique. The world-renown museum such as the Prado and the historic Puerta del Sol plaza held so much energy and culture, and is part what makes Madrid such an engaging and exciting city to live in.
The program is divided into 3 sections: the first is a week-long orientation in Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in Spain. The second part is a two-week rural home stay in Segovia. The third and final section is returning to Madrid, where we stayed with our second host family for the remainder of the semester. Staying with a host family was one of the best and most humbling experiences I’ve ever had. Although it was difficult getting accustomed to different schedules, norms and daily life of my host family, I never would have learned as much if I had stayed in an apartment or a dorm. Living with another family not only gives you a real sense of the culture, but it also really pushes you outside of your comfort zone.
Some of my favorite memories from my time abroad come from the program excursions that we went on, to Toledo, Galicia and Andalucia! As a peer advisor I hope to share my experiences with others who are considered going abroad!