After studying abroad for a semester, coming back to the workload and social life of school is always tough. As a junior, my classes are becoming much harder and focused towards my degree, and being thrown into everything after a semester abroad is challenging both emotionally and physically. Before I went abroad, the travel coordinator explained to me what “reverse culture shock” is, and at the time I did not think anything of it. Reverse culture shock is when someone returns from living abroad, having been immersed in another culture for a long period of time, and has a tough time getting back into the swing of things at home. When I was told this, I actually thought the opposite: I would love being back surrounded by busy work and all of my friends. But it’s not until you experience it that you face reality. Thankfully, with the help of my professors, advisors and peers I have been able to overcome the reverse culture shock.
If you are thinking about taking advantage of studying abroad while at college, Madrid might just be the place for you. Here’s five reasons why:
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Studying abroad anywhere in the world is an amazing experience. You get to live in a new country while studying at the same time. I decided to come to Madrid in Spain because I wanted to further my education in Spanish and I wanted to live in a city atmosphere (an added bonus: I got to come with my friend Kaitlyn). Luckily for Spanish students who want to study abroad, the Spanish department at Lycoming College has a good relationship with a school called Estudio Sampere. The best thing about Sampere is that they have multiple schools in Spain, Ecuador, and Cuba, so Spanish students have a wide range of possibilities. After 14 weeks of studying abroad in Spain, I can see why Lycoming decided to partner with Estudio Sampere because the schools do have a lot of similarities along with some differences.
As the emails from Dean Kilpatrick have been flooding in about applying to be a Student Orientation Staff (SOS) member, I can't help but be excited for those considering the position. Applying to be a SOS member for the summer of 2016 was a great decision and led to some of my favorite memories from Lycoming so far. Through SOS, I have learned many new leadership skills, gained lifelong friends, and was able to meet mostly everyone in the class of 2020!
The first representation of Lycoming College that a prospective student receives is often from their tour guide. With that being said, being a tour guide is a huge responsibility. Not only do the guides have to entertain their tours, but they also have to provide them with correct information about the education, programs, clubs, activities, and sports teams Lycoming has to offer. Along with showing students the campus, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that student assistants do. Student workers also prepare letters and paperwork to send to perspective students all around the country and the world. Admissions counts on their student workers to be the face of Lycoming, and what might seem like a lot of responsibility is actually just pure fun.
The due date for the travel abroad application ended up being the week after Spring break, and I didn’t realize this until Spring Break was a week away. That meant I had two weeks to fill out an extensive application, have two professors write recommendation letters, and figure out which Spanish program and place to study is best for me. Once I realized all the paper work I needed to do and the big decisions I had to make with the little time I had to finish it all, I thought about not going at all. But Lycoming’s coordinator of global education, Philip Witherup, was very helpful and understanding of the small time frame and my other obligations and assured me I could get everything done, but I had my doubts.
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Every fall, students return to their dorms to go back to their college studies, activities, sports, and friends, but this year I decided to explore a different part of the world while furthering my education. Currently, I am on my sixth week studying abroad in Madrid, Spain and time just seems to be flying by! Six weeks ago, I was waiting to get on a plane, saying hard goodbyes to my parents in less than five minutes. Now I’m quickly writing this article so I can go experience Madrid in every way possible.
Topics: Study Abroad