Studying Abroad Made Me a Better Person (So You Should Do It Too)

Everyone should go abroad at some point in their lives. I spent my summer in Madrid with the primary goal of becoming a more proficient Spanish speaker, yet what I received from the experience was much more transformative (although I did become a better Spanish speaker). I have found that it is very easy to…

Thank you, Madrid

Hi everyone, These past two months in Madrid have felt more like two weeks. Looking back on this trip, trying to process everything that happened so quickly, I am realizing how lucky I am to have had this incredible opportunity. To be able to not only spend two months abroad, but also work for an…

Hasta Luego

Hey everyone, I am so sad to say that my time in Madrid has finally come to a close and I am writing this blog from back home in Pittsburgh amidst a thunderstorm (a drastic change of weather, to say the least). This program has changed me for the better and I could not be…

Farewell, Madrid

Well. My internship has now been over for a full two weeks, and the fact that the experience has ended is just starting to sink in for me. I spent the week after the program’s end on vacation in southern Spain with my family, and I think this additional week provided a buffer between finishing…

Success Is in the Hustle (Kind Of)

In general, I believe it is more difficult to define professional “success” in Spain than in the United States. Besides the existing cultural differences between different industries in every country (a family-run restaurant will obviously have different professional goals than a Private Equity firm), Spanish culture overall tends to emphasize work as a part of…

The Final Countdown

Hello everyone! This is unfortunately my last week in Madrid, and I truly cannot believe it; my time here has absolutely flown right past me. This experience has taught me so so much not only about Spain, its culture, and new internship skills, but also about myself. I feel that this experience has helped me…

What’s really important

Hi everyone,  With less than a week to go in the IIP, I am trying to take advantage of these last few days in what has been the most amazing experience of my life. This experience has taught me so many important life lessons that I will keep forever, and I am excited to put…

The Spanish Definition of Success

I have officially been in Madrid for 55 days! As I begin my final week here in this beautiful city, my heart is heavy to think about leaving it. More than just seeing the tourist attractions and enjoying the incredible views and famous buildings, I will miss the little parts of every day life that…

Communication Beyond the Language

Hi everybody! Living in Madrid definitely has been an experience of a lifetime, and I cannot believe my time here is almost coming to an end. This past weekend a group of friends and I traveled to Porto, Portugal: a beautiful, vibrant town located right on a river (and gave for some pretty amazing views)….