Hola! I’m Liz, a junior at Umass Dartmouth studying Political Science and Economics and I am currently studying abroad in Sevilla. I chose Sevilla because I have been studying spanish for six years and one of my teachers in high school used to always talk about how wonderful Sevilla was. The program I am traveling through is called ISA (here we pronounce it as ee-sah) and they are the ones who coordinate a lot of our trips and all of the homestays, residences, and apartments. I am studying at the ISA Study Center that only hosts other ISA students, but we all come from a variety of different states. The Study Center here was offering all the classes I needed to take which was a major reason I chose to study through ISA at the Study Center. I am here for three months and am excited to be able to document my experience so I can share it with others.
Jasmine: This is my roommate in Sevilla. We each have our own rooms but live in the same apartment with our host mother Aurelia. She graduate a year early from high school in Georgia and she is currently taking a gap year. Jasmine is an incredible artist and is fluent in French. She is studying Spanish so that she can connect better with her Panamanian family that speaks a lot of Spanish.
Bekah: Bekah is a junior at the University of North Carolina. We take spanish class together and after class we usually go for a run around the city or around the nearby river. On Monday nights she plays soccer with the other ISA students while I go to frisbee practice. She is living in the residence hall which is located right next to the ISA Center. We both survived the six hour bus ride to and from Salamanca which was an accomplishment in and of itself!
Emmy: Emmy is a junior at Grand Rapids University. She is staying in Sevilla for 9 months with a host family that has two little kids in it. We usually go to Intercambios once a week and she also plays soccer on Monday nights. Emmy is one of the best spanish speaking students in our program because she studied in Salamanca for six weeks during high school. The second Friday in Sevilla we got caught in the middle of a climate strike and watched people walk by us with different signs for over an hour.
Hannah and Garance: These gals go to college together in Michigan. Hannah and I strategize (*freak out*) when politicians in the US do crazy things and share opinions about things going on in the world politically. Garance and I are in four classes together, three of which have the same teacher. We are usually freaking out about our next quiz or whether we’ve completed all the homework for all of our classes. They live together with the same host family and usually bring bocadillos for lunch because their class schedules are kind of busy.