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Marymount University

Barcelona, Spain

Spring 2020

Noemi Cerritos Gatto, Alumni Ambassador

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1. Tell us what the local culture was like in your host city.
My experience with the local culture in Barcelona was immersive. I chose to live with a host family and I truly believe that is what made my experience. Learning and taking classes was wonderful but getting to spend time with my host family and listen to all the knowledge and experiences they shared with me is something I will never forget. Another part of experiencing Catalan and Spanish culture is through food. Living with a host family enabled me to try all sorts of Spanish and Catalan cuisine. While this was circumstantial, I also made the effort to explore a new part of the city any chance I got. After class, my friends and I would walk around and try to find a place we had never been before. I would also try to navigate a new way home each week. Doing this allowed me to see so much of the city I would not have seen otherwise.

2. How has study abroad shaped you?
My study abroad experience confirmed that I want to travel and work in diplomacy as a career. I was unsure going in the previous semester if I wanted to continue studying psychology. Spending time in another country and learning about other people solidified my desire to work in the international relations field. I realized I wanted to finish my degree in psychology and then hone my studies to help others through diplomacy. Spending time in Spain contributed to me confirming this is what I want to do for a career.

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