Adios Madrid

I would have never guessed that my abroad experience would be cut short because of a pandemic. When we first got sent home I was so angry and sad, I really didn’t understand the extent of this virus. But I now know that it was a decision that had to be made and I am…

Au Revoir, Paris

Although I’m extremely disappointed that my semester abroad was cancelled after only six weeks, I’m very grateful for those few weeks I got to spend studying and living in Paris. In my time there, I had the opportunity to improve my French language skills while learning about French culture and making lots of new friends….

Adios For Now Madrid

Although it is unfortunate I had to return to the United States early due to the effects of coronavirus, I still had the most incredible five weeks in Madrid. I am very grateful that I had a chance to experience this and hope to return to Europe again sometime in the future. Apart from the…

Settling In

Before arriving in Spain, I had attempted to prepare myself in numerous ways for how I was going to adjust to my new life, but nothing can fully prepare you for a huge change such as this. Adjusting to the Madrid lifestyle went surprisingly smoothly. I had many apprehensions about my living situation, how I…

Homestay 101

When I was first applying to study abroad I was not planning on being in a homestay. I really wanted to be in an apartment, but Pitt and ISA’s application timelines don’t work well together, which made it impossible to be in an apartment. I was super nervous to be living with a random family…

Living in Paris 101

Over these past few weeks, it’s become clear that living in Paris means getting comfortable with small spaces and little privacy. This semester, I’m living in a three bedroom apartment with four other girls. My housing was assigned by CEA (my program provider). It’s located in one of the outer arrondissements (neighborhoods) on the left…

Navigating the Streets

After two full weeks of classes, I feel like I am getting to know the way around Madrid better every day. There are several ways that I can get to school each day, although I have chosen to walk every day because of the nice weather. My walk to class takes about ten to fifteen…

Hola Madrid

I am now 2 weeks in my program in Madrid, Spain and I couldn’t be happier! I applied to this program only knowing one person, my friend Meredith. We were both nervous coming into our living situation since we were paired with two random girls from California. Since Meredith and I are both from the…

Hola Madrid!

It’s been almost two weeks since arriving in Madrid and I am enjoying trying to get to know the city better! After receiving where I would be living in Madrid, I immediately began the online search for where my apartment was located and what I would be near. Upon arriving, I was pleasantly surprised with…