Today at work, I got the chance to reminisce. This, by far, is the best part of my job: once a week or so, I get to give a presentation to students about to go abroad detailing my experience studying abroad. So for our blog this week, I chose 9 extremely superficial things that have still stuck with me over a year since I returned from Salamanca that I tell other students about ALL the time:
- Anytime dinner is before 8 o’clock, you get very flustered.
- Bedtime and wake-up time seem eerily similar…
- You try using vosotros in class, to find your classmates utterly confused/disgusted.
- Don Simón has utterly ruined your taste for sangria.
- Only walks over 30 minutes are considered a “trek”.
- You have AGGRESSIVELY chosen a side in the Real Madrid, Barcelona feud.
- Any “small” coffee in the US looks insanely large.
- Whole legs of pig no longer phase you.
- Nap time errday. Enough said.
Believe me, study abroad left a much larger impression than 9 little idiosyncrasies. Sometimes, though, it’s funny that the little things are easier to remember than the personal growth, the increase in confidence, and the maturation that inevitably occurs when you survive and thrive a new environment. However, despite all that, it doesn’t make getting used to an early dinner any easier.
-Max Spiro, Study Abroad Assistant