Introducing Allie – Granada, Spain

I am sitting here at Memorial Union at the Terrace watching all the people enjoying the beautiful weather, the speedboats on the lake, and the few wind surfers that are brave enough to risk falling into the frigid water. I am sitting here wondering if I am ready to leave the beautiful city of Madison that has captured my heart and allowed me to call it home. Am I ready to travel to another country, thousands of miles from my friends, family, and familiar sights? With spring semester winding down, I am realizing that yes I am ready to embark on the next chapter of life in Granada, Spain. Ever since I was younger, I have always wanted to travel around the world and experience the different cultures outside of my small hometown of Waupaca, WI. It will be a scary adventure, but it will be exhilarating, and the amount I will learn will not compare to the amount I would learn here at UW-Madison. I am not going to lie, when I first found out that I was accepted into the study abroad program, I had many doubts to whether this was what I really wanted to do. My mom said one of her biggest regrets in life was not taking advantage of the opportunity to study abroad when she had the chance. I was beginning to think that I applied to make her happy, and help her fulfill her dream since she will be visiting me during my time abroad. But this a dream of mine, and I know that I am not just doing it to make her happy because the memories I will make during my time there will last a lifetime. I do want to let everyone know who is debating on studying abroad that having doubts and being scared is a completely normal feeling, and there are many people that will help you ease your anxiety. I know that I have a strong support system of family and friends that will help if I need it, and will encourage me throughout my entire time in Spain.  Traveling to Spain and being able to experience a different culture will be an experience of a lifetime, and I am counting down the days until I can call Spain my home for four months.

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  1. You will have an amazing time in Granada, Allie! I studied abroad for a year in Madrid while I was a UW student, and returned for a second year there teaching English after graduating. Granada was one of my favorite cities that I visited while living in Spain – so gorgeous. Feel free to email with any questions you might have. I guarantee you will have no regrets about choosing to study abroad!

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