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: 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…

Abroad Recap

As I wrap up blogging for Pitt Business this semester, I want to share the places I have traveled, my favorite memories and some challenges that I have faced. Though, it is hard to pinpoint my favorite memories (and I am still making some!) with all of the good times I have had while studying…

Be Wary of Study Abroad Tours

Some of you may have seen a recent social media post about a travel company named DiscoverExcursions. In the post, an American female student who previously studied abroad in Spain alleged that Manuel, the tour director and owner of the company, committed acts of sexual misconduct against her while on the tour. Other students have…

Spring Break Plans?

When I decided to study in Madrid, I planned to use my prime location in Europe and free weekends to travel the continent. For the last few years, I have saved and saved, and saved some more to afford it. Though others will say that the travel is cheap, it is expensive when booking weekends…