Caroline is a junior majoring in journalism in Meadows School of the Arts and minoring in Spanish and fashion media. During spring 2014, she is studying in Madrid with SMU-in-Spain.
Olivia is a senior Hunt Scholar majoring in Film and Media Arts, English and Spanish. She studied abroad with SMU-in-Paris and SMU-in-Oxford during summer 2012, followed by a fall semester in Madrid with the SMU-in-Spain program. Her love for travel took her abroad again in the summer of 2013, during which she worked in London for three months. As she prepares to graduate, Olivia is pursuing academic and employment opportunities abroad.
Sorry I've been seemingly slacking on the updates, but it's only because the unthinkable happened - I got sick again! This time was less fun than the last because I got sick the week before midterms and continued being sick until the day of my last exam. I couldn't miss any school; otherwise I would be too behind and have to possibly reschedule my exams, which I did not want to do. If you've ever been sick while having to juggle classes and studying, you know what I mean. I basically spent my morning and early afternoon in class, then immediately went home to rest and do what I call "struggle-study," no bueno. A picture from a past trip [...]
¡Hola amigos! After a week of little to no Wi-Fi or school work (but a lot of time sight-seeing and freedom) it’s been difficult getting back to the swing of things, like doing homework, going to class, and finishing this blog post. A lot has happened since my last post, so let’s play catch up! A couple weeks ago I got really sick. Not exactly sure if it was the cold or flu or what, but I had a fever, sore and dry throat, cough, and runny nose… so that was unfortunate. I don’t think I have been that sick since high school. I missed two days of school and the only movement I made was back and forth between [...]
Another day, and another week has gone by in Spain. All I can think about is how nervous and worried I felt during my last days back at home because I thought I was going to get so homesick. Although I miss my friends and family back at home, I am absolutely in love with this country. If there were one thing I could recommend anyone, it would be to study abroad. Plan years in advance to make sure you have room in your undergraduate years to experience what I am doing. There really is nothing else that can compare. As easily as I’ve adjusted to this wonderful country, there have been a few things I had to get used [...]
This past Wednesday through Friday was orientation and our group trip to Toledo. Due to jetlag and my late night arrival to Madrid, I woke up at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday "morning" and couldn't fall back asleep. Needless to say, I didn't have to worry about being late to meet everyone at 9 a.m. My host mom (whom I adore...it's official) walked me to the foundation, where I'll be going to every day for class, and HALLELUJAH I am only a five-minute walk away from school. It's like the program knew I was directionally challenged and housed me in the most perfect location for me. There, I met the rest of the SMU-in-Spain students, and we all said our goodbyes to [...]
"You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place. Like you'll not only miss the people you love, but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you'll never be this way ever again." After hours and hours of delay to due maintenance issues and repairs to the plane, I have finally arrived in Madrid! I didn't have too much trouble navigating my way through the London and Madrid airport, but I did feel slightly embarrassed trying to talk to an employee through thick glass at the Madrid airport because I wasn't sure if this unlabeled "entrance-only" passage was going to take me through passport checks. Besides that confusion, everything went [...]
What better way to start 2013 than a semester in Spain? I can't believe I leave in just fourteen hours to embark on what I know will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whenever the topic of me studying abroad came up, I found myself facing the "Are you excited?" question pretty often. And believe me, I am so excited - I have wanted to study abroad since high school, but I'm definitely feeling a number of other emotions, especially now that it is actually happening. I'm nervous... worried about getting homesick... and already miss my family and friends. As someone who has never truly left home (SMU is about thirty minutes away), I will be the little bird leaving the nest [...]
El Escorial Hey y’all! Today we took a little field trip about an hour outside Madrid to San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a small town in the mountains. El Escorial is the home of a beautiful Monastery built by el Rey Felipe II of Spain. El Escorial is a monastery, palace, school, and library today; it is huge! Apparently, King Felipe II was very religious, and as we are learning in class, fought many wars for Catholicism against the Protestants during his reign. He decided to build this place to display the wealth and power of Spain after one of the battles, where he felt he had lost some control. It is a beautiful place and boasts many [...]
Notice all the flags! ¡Viva España! That was the chant of the night. Can you hear it? All the spirit typically associated with Spanish fútbol echoing in your ears. Well, it sure was all present at last night’s España vs. Francia FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier! Getting to experience a true partido de fútbol (soccer game) in Spain, where soccer is a matter of life or death, was such a blessing. Our sweet program coordinator, Tania, found these great tickets at really good prices, and despite our midterms the following morning we were all in! It was everything I expected and more. The Spanish believe in their team; they all wear the colors, everyone gets little plastic Spanish [...]