Caroline participated on last year’s SPI program in Santander, Spain. Here, she shares with us why she chose SPI, what her favorite moments of her experience were, and why she believes study abroad is important for students her age.
Why did you choose SPI?
I chose SPI because the Santander program combined a home-stay with classes at the university nearby. I also chose it because I had the option of staying for one month instead of two weeks.
How has this experience impacted you?
This experience has made me much more confident and independent. I learned so much about adapting to new and different cultures and lifestyles.
What made your SPI experience unique or special?
My host family made my experience the best it could possibly be. My mama taught me so much about Spanish cooking, language, and culture. I learned way more from my host family than I ever could have imagined.
What was your favorite activity/excursion?
My favorite activity was our trip to Comillas to see El Capricho. It was so easy to travel by bus, and we had extra time to walk around the town and go to the beach while we were there. However, my favorite overall experience on my trip was going out for churros and chocolate with my host mother. We had a delicious snack, and she told my roommate and me stories about her life. It was moments like that that made my trip truly special.
What was your favorite part of the program?
My favorite part of the program was the flexibility of the activities. While there were some activities that were required, the students on the program often got to choose what they wanted to do. That allowed me to do everything I wanted to do in Spain.
Do you think it’s important for students your age to study abroad?
I think that studying abroad is one of the best experiences that someone my age can have. It’s such a great way to gain life experience, as well as learn a language.
Would you recommend SPI to other students? I would definitely recommend SPI to other students. I loved my trip and I thought it was really well organized.