Memorable Experience: Over Easter break, my family came to visit me in Spain. I brought my family to meet and have lunch with my Spanish mother. Even though they didn't speak the same language, everyone got along well and my grandma still raves about meeting my host mom. It was great to have my two families meet and to be able to show my family my linguistic abilities. I will never forget this experience.
Benefits of Studying Abroad:
One benefit that came from studying abroad was the sense of empowerment that I got from being able to live in a place where I knew no one. I was forced to make friends, communicate in another language, and function in a foreign country.
Academically, I studied in a different language, so the growth that I experienced in my ability to speak in and listen to Spanish greatly improved by living in Spain.
Advice & Tips:
Do it! This is the best advice I can give.
If you are on the fence about studying abroad because you don't know if you can afford it or can finish your degree in time, find a way to make it work because it will be the most rewarding experience of your college life. I learned so much about myself during my time spent in Spain.