My name is Shane O’Reilly, and I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am pursuing a degree in Finance, as well as an Economics minor, and a certificate in Data Analytics. I love to adventure and experience new things and see new places. This is one of the main reasons I chose to study abroad. I decided to study in Valencia, Spain because I have always wanted to visit Spain and I have always been interested by their culture and way of life. Also, I have taken many Spanish classes in the past and love the Spanish language, therefore being able to practice and hopefully perfect the Spanish language was another big factor in coming to Spain. Valencia is an incredibly balanced city, meaning there is something to do for anyone. It has beautiful beaches, incredible history and architecture, and a lively night life. All of these things make the city a great place to study abroad. The ISA program that I am studying abroad through is composed of 80 students from all over the United States. This program is very well directed and reasonably priced, and as a group we have several weekend trips and excursions that are included. There are many things I am hoping to accomplish during my time abroad. For one, I want to really force myself to step outside of my comfort zone, and what better way to do this then to throw myself into a country with an entirely different culture and that speaks a different language? Not only do I want to see how the people of other cultures live their everyday lives, I want to dive into that culture and be forced to live it myself. Another big reason I wanted to study abroad in Europe, is the incredible opportunity it gives me to travel around not only Spain, but many other countries of Europe as well. Because flights are so expensive from the United States to places across the ocean, living in Europe for four months is going to give me the opportunity to see places and do things that I otherwise would never be able to experience. So, by studying abroad, I hope to take full advantage of that opportunity, and be able to see and experience as many places of Europe as possible, because I don’t know if I will every have an opportunity like this again. Lastly, I am choosing to study abroad so that I can learn things about myself. They say you don’t know what you like until you try it, and I think that is very true and applicable to this situation. I am going to experience so many new things, some of which I might not like, but most of which I will. And if I hadn’t chosen to study abroad, I may have never had the opportunity to experience things that I might end up loving. So, I plan on taking full advantage of everything this incredible study abroad experience has to offer.