First Impressions: Sevilla

My main goal in keeping up this blog is to give my honest opinion about my experience studying abroad in Seville with Spanish Studies Abroad. Taking part in an experience like this takes a lot of research and preparation so it can be stressful emotionally draining for anyone trying to make it happen. I want anyone who’s considering Sevilla to read my blog and know that I’m being completely honest and not sugar-coating anything.

That being said; I’ve been living in Sevilla for two weeks now, and I’ve been too busy having an amazing time to sit down and write about it.

Everything has truly fallen into place and I feel very at home here. A few months ago I was really nervous about making friends here. Truth is, it’s kind of like freshman orientation all over again. It’s super easy to make friends because everyone is in the same position. Everyone is homesick, misses their dog, misses their boyfriend/girlfriend. We’re all experiencing life in Sevilla for the first time, so everyone has at least one thing in common. I’ve already become fast friends with a great group of students here.

My homestay is amazing. I’m living in El Centro, and my apartment is only a 15-minute walk to school. My house mom, Natalia, is very accommodating and easy to talk to. She cooks for my roommate and me every day which is nice. She studied in the United States for a bit so she understands that it will take time for us to adjust. Thanks to her I feel like I’ve already adjusted very well.

At school, we’re still in the “Intensive Period;” where we only take Spanish classes until the “Continuation Period” begins and we take classes related to our majors/minors. The ever so daunting Spanish-Only policy honestly isn’t so bad. I haven’t taken a Spanish class in about a year so I’m a little rusty, but it’s becoming easier the more I listen to and use the language. The Spanish Only policy is indeed strict but it’s clear that it’s put in place only to benefit us.

So far, I’m really enjoying Sevilla. My next post will go into more detail of what my first two weeks have consisted of.

Thanks for reading,

Andrea Leo

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