Introducing Jackie

¡Hola a todos!

Today I embark upon a great journey – to infinity, and beyond!

Well, not literally. I’m leaving for Granada, Spain, today and have a long day of travel ahead of me. Although it may feel like I’m traveling to infinity, I’m only about 4,300 miles away. But that’s 4,300 miles away from my family, my friends, and most importantly – my cell phone service area. Just kidding…kind of. After all the sitting (on planes, buses, etc.) I’ll be doing today, I’ll be glad to arrive in Granada a sleep-deprived, jet-lagged, Spanish-speaking zombie.

Granada is a gorgeous city in southern Spain with an interesting past. It has Moorish and Islamic influences that can be seen in the architecture and most notably the Alhambra (the main tourist trap of Granada). Even though the cultural influences date back to Islamic Spain from 711 to 1492, I’m sure we’ll be having some good, modern fun, and I’ll get to practice my Spanish!

Because my program is through the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, I’ll get to meet a bunch of new people, and hopefully we can move from the awkward “we’re acquaintances, but we’re going to be seeing each other almost every day for six weeks, so we’re kind of stuck together” area to become friends.

But overall, I’m pretty stoked to be 1) going to Spain and 2) be a representative of the best university in the world, the University of Wisconsin. I’ll be a Spanish Badger…how exotic! J

More excitement to come…

¡Hasta luego!

Jackie

1 thought on “Introducing Jackie”

  1. To Jackie and all the travelling students: You deserve a lot of credit for being so bold. It can be diffucult leaving your family and thrusting yourself into a different time zone, county and culture, but when you reflect back on it years from now it will likely be one of your fondest memories from school. Congratulations on taking this journey (even if you do end up a sleep deprived, jet lagged, Spanish-speaking Zombie or even a Buzz Lightyear without batteries 🙂
    You guys are positioning yourself well for what will continue to be a more and more global world. Buenos Suerte!

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