By: Danielle Payton
This summer I studied abroad in Granada, Spain for two weeks. Since I am a nursing major I never thought study abroad would be an option for me but fortunately I was able to study spanish this summer for a shorter time period. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much about the culture and language of Spain. It was definitely challenging to go to a new place where you don’t understand majority of what is being said and it can be very overwhelming at first but once I adjusted and tried to learn how they speak and do things it became a lot easier. Studying abroad allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone, experience a new culture, make new friends from all around the world, and improve my spanish, even in the short time I was there. The most shocking thing that I learned about their culture is how normal it is to smoke every where and their eating habits, eating dinner at 10pm was definitely strange for me. I feel that after studying abroad I have a better sense of global awareness and am more understanding of other cultures. It was interesting to see what they thought of the US especially because it wasn’t very accurate. This experience made me excited to explore new places in the world and to continue traveling even after graduating.