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…

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…

Sol- In the Middle of It All

When I originally received my housing assignment from ISA two weeks before the start of my program, I had little understanding of the different neighborhoods within Madrid. I was anxious about where my apartment was going to be located and even more so about applying random for roommates. Shortly after arriving, I began to realize…

Introduction: AIFS London

Studying abroad has been a goal for me ever since I got to college. I’ve barely ventured outside of the United States, and have never spent any time in Europe. I have spent nearly the entirety of my life in New Jersey, and, as of recently, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While a large part of my…

Introduction: ISA Madrid

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to go abroad. Growing up, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to a wide variety of places. Each place my family traveled to, I was always finding that I did not have enough time to fully submerge myself into my…