Beginning my Study Abroad Adventure
By Hannah Gooding | May 30, 2014 | 2 Comments
I always knew that I wanted to study abroad because of my love for travel. In January of this year, I started meeting with Kendra Erickson, the Study Abroad coordinator at Campbell University. She helped me decide what I would like to study, and I determined it would be Spanish because I thought the best way to learn the language would be through immersion. She helped me get signed up for a program where I would stay with a host family and attend college classes in Granada, Spain.
Today is my third day living with my host mother, and I am already beginning to understand a lot of what she says to me. It really is amazing how fast you can pick up the language when you live in the country with someone who doesn't speak any English. With our free time, the program director takes us on tours of the city. We went on one yesterday, one today, and tomorrow we are going to Salobrena, which is a beach town on the Mediterranean. Although it is supposed to rain, I am excited to see this beautiful beach.
I am really enjoying the city of Granada. You can walk anywhere, which is really fun, especially because I have never lived in a place like this before. I feel that living this way is something everyone should experience at least once in their life. I am glad it will only be for six weeks though because it is kind of exhausting walking back and forth. It is also difficult to pass by the fabulous shops and not go in and buy everything! I am so used to getting in a car to go somewhere, but I am glad I have to walk everywhere because my host mother loves to feed me!
I am not sure yet if I like studying abroad, because I have not had to study yet, but I do know that I love being abroad with other students like me. I hope that I continue to feel this way throughout the entirety of the program. But for now, I believe this is an experience like no other and everyone should try it, especially living with a host family.