University of Dayton
1. How has your study abroad experience impacted your life, academics, and/or future career goals?
My study abroad experience has given me more drive than I ever thought possible. While I was abroad I was constantly looking at the cultures I was immersed in and thinking to myself, “Wow, I’ve never been so inspired.” Being in Europe really showed me what I want to do with my life. I am an international Business major so I have always been interested with working internationally, but, after studying abroad, my passion has grown immensely. I saw what my potential life could be. I pictured myself working for International companies such as Zara and Adidas. On my plane ride home I reflected on my trip and I promised myself to work harder and longer so that I could make this life I experienced for 5 weeks my future life. Seeing the world taught me to dream big and I am forever thankful for that.
2. What were your favorite spots in the city?I visited Barcelona for 5 weeks this past summer, and everything in sight was nothing short of amazing. This question is particularly hard because it’s Barcelona! How can I narrow it down in 200 words? There was one site we visited that completely took our breath away. My roommates and I were simply looking for a little hike on a Thursday night, completely unaware of the magic we were about to see. The place we went was called Bunker Hill, or Bunker del Carmel. We took a taxi to the point where the taxi was no longer able to go past and we walked the rest of the way up. We soon were surrounded by a vibrant atmosphere. Everywhere around us was full of people, conversations, music, and food. From the top of Bunker Hill we could look out and see all of Barcelona. This wonderful atmosphere continued and only got better as the sun set. The sky then turned into millions of sparkling lights from the city lights to the stars. It was a simple spot full of beautiful views and good people.