My Time in Bimini, Bahamas

I have spent the past week living in the world-famous Bimini Shark Lab (Bimini Biological Field Station) brushing my teeth with saltwater and learning about marine biology. It has been the highlight of my undergraduate career and has most definitely altered the path of my future career. Three years ago I reached out to a…

The Pros and Cons of Traveling

Traveling the world was what I was most looking forward to before coming to Spain. I had a list of countries and locations that I had in my mind using recommendations given to me from friends and family. So far, my travels have taken me to Italy, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Hungary and many different…

Cultural Differences

Before coming to Spain, I had only a general idea of what Spanish culture would be like, especially since I would be living more as a local than a tourist. Tapas, late nights, beautiful architecture and a long-complicated history were the few things I was told. However, after talking with Spanish citizens and learning a…

A Letter to Myself: Pre-Madrid

Dear Bridget, Your life is about to change drastically! But not in the ways that you think. You will not be homesick- but you will appreciate your life at home. You will not make temporary friends for the semester- but you will make best friends for life. You will not fully understand the Spanish language…

When in Madrid: The Must-sees

Initially, when moving to Madrid, I had a lot of apprehensions about my decision in my home city. The majority of my friends that had gone abroad previously didn’t love Madrid- but none of them lived here! What I’ve learned about Madrid is it’s amazing to be here long-term, but not as exciting to visit…

Introduction ISA Madrid

My name is Casey Eisenberg and I am a third-year student at Pitt with a major in Business Information Systems Major, a minor in Spanish and a certificate in International Business. I am a part of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity where I served as IT chair for my second and third semester….

Travel 101: Balling on a Budget

As soon as I decided to study abroad, I prepared my bank account for the major hit it was about to endure. All while mentally preparing myself to embrace being the poster child for the “broke college student” when I return to Pittsburgh. Needless to say, I have been traveling a lot- anyone that is…

STUDYING while abroad: Learning with Locals

Upon my arrival in Madrid, I was unsure of how rigorous or heavy my course load was actually going to be. I was slightly concerned since I had received an email from my Spanish advisor reminding me that the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid was considered the “Harvard of Spain”. But along with these feelings…

Adjusting into my Temporary Home

Nothing can fully prepare you to move abroad. I had made countless lists, read various articles, and practiced my Spanish beforehand. But nothing even remotely compares to the real thing. My adjustment to Madrid was surprisingly a lot smoother than I had anticipated. My main concern was making friends who I would be spending the…

Making the Most of my Commute

My commute to the Universidad Carlos iii de Madrid takes about forty-five-minutes on a normal day. When I first got here, it was easy to compare the hour and a half I had to allow myself to get ready and travel to school to my fifteen-minute wake-up call before class in Pittsburgh. It was frustrating…