Many study abroad students often have a goal to fit in to their host country. Knowing that I will be living in Madrid for one year, being recognized as a local is an important goal of mine. Study abroad students are often picked out in a crowd, but with time we can learn to adjust to the local culture, and even be mistaken for a local. After my two short months in Madrid I have already picked up on a few Spanish habits that I have attempted to demonstrate in my daily life.
As any college student knows searching for an apartment is a difficult and stressful time. We often take months searching for the perfect location and personally select our preferred roommates. However, when studying abroad the apartment search is a whole new experience.
It has become a familiar feeling, waking up each morning with a countdown in mind. Time has flown by and before I know it I will be boarding a plane to Madrid, where I will spend the next ten months of my life. Instead of the more common semester experience abroad, I have elected to spend an entire academic year in Spain.