I’ve Studied Abroad 3 Times & I’ve Learned Nothing

My first international class in Guatemala, followed by a semester in London, then a semester in Granada… and what do I have to say for myself? I’ve learned nothing. Contrary to popular belief and folktales told by previous students who have studied internationally, living abroad for 5 months does not make you a world expert…

First Solo Trip: Romania!

One thing I noticed about myself in Spain is that I’m constantly challenging and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to notice progress unless I consciously reflect on where I am. I consider myself quite an independent person but also very social as well. I love exploring new places…

Thankful for Food Poisoning

Although I spent my last day in Granada at the hospital and bedridden, ironically I am thankful for this experience and I’ll tell you why. I’m a very independent, self-sufficient person but there are times in life when you really just need a hand. Of course I always miss my family, but being sick in…

American Students Abroad: Culturally Savvy or Road to Tragedy?

The basic message of this post is: The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. As this is my third time studying abroad, I’ve been a member of 3 different student group experiences while abroad. I’ve seen my friends go from falling in love with their new home to absolutely resenting living in another…

I’m in love!

I meant to post this a while ago, but I didn’t feel it was perfect and never had a chance to finish it- so here we are now! I’ve always thought of myself as a very positive, optimistic person; however, I’ve realized that I can have some negative talk during the day. Recognizing this is…

Jayne Gang Visits Spain & Portugal

Living, traveling, and studying abroad is an indescribable experience that I’ll never forget. But the amount I miss my family is also indescribable. Fortunately for me, both times I studied abroad my family came to visit. Last year we drove all around France, and this year was time for our Spain trip. We visited Barcelona,…

Working for a Muslim Tour Company

I’ve figured out that small tour companies are my niche, especially companies with a specific target market such as students, foreigners, etc. In January I started googling tours in Granada and calling a few a day. This specific company showed interest in working with me right away because they knew they needed help in the…