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…

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…

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)….

Internal Leadership

Hello everybody! We are already at week six – I cannot believe it. My time here in Madrid is flying by, and I am truly enjoying every single moment of it. My internship and my experiences abroad have taught me so much not only about the Spaniards and European culture, but also about myself. This…

Stepping out of my Comfort Zone

Hey everybody! Another week in the life of Madrid, and I am thankful to say it has been just as amazing as my weeks past. This country has so so much to offer, and I was able to explore more of it this weekend during my trip to Barcelona. Upon arrival to Barcelona, I very…

My 2 Homes v. Spain

Hello everyone! To think that in two days I am officially halfway done with this experience and halfway closer to going home is very surprising and very sad. In one aspect, I feel like I just got here, but in other aspects, I feel like I have been here forever. Living in Spain as an…

Life Challenges and Ambiguity in the Workplace

Hello everybody! What a week it has been here in Madrid. Since my last blog post, I have been faced with many challenges, as well as opportunities. To start off, I was unfortunately pick-pocketed over the weekend and my phone was stolen – I truly underestimated the talents of the pick-pocketers here, and by the…

Adventures of Week 2

Hello everybody! I am writing this on May 23, 2022 and I have officially been in Madrid for a week and a half – and I can honestly say this may be the most exciting week and a half of my life. I am still in such awe of being in Madrid and constantly trying…