Anisha Mallik

Global Diversity Program (Greece, Czech Republic, Ireland) 
Because my program incorporated three countries, it was difficult to get the most out of each place. It was a challenge to fully enjoy everything each country had to offer, as our time was limited. We made the most of it, though! 

Anisha Mallik

Global Diversity Program (Greece, Czech Republic, Ireland) 
My most memorable experience from studying abroad was when we went on a hike on the island of Antiparos in Greece. The Mediterranean Sea is so beautiful and bright, and seeing it from the cliff we climbed was incredible. I sat on the rocks at the edge of the cliff for a period of time, just looking out over the water. The sun was out and there was a slight sea breeze hitting my face. It was truly the most serene I have ever felt. 

Anisha Mallik

Global Diversity Program (Greece, Czech Republic, Ireland) 
I would say not to shy away from anything. Be as open minded as possible, because sometimes the most invigorating experiences are the ones we hesitate about accepting. It is great to go out of our comfort zones. 

Anisha Mallik

Global Diversity Program (Greece, Czech Republic, Ireland) 
The people we encountered in Dublin were some of the friendliest people I have ever met. It is normal to engage in conversation with a stranger on the street. People can be quite personal and they are always interested in knowing more about international students, especially American students. A smile or friendly gesture was commonplace!

Hailey Wattman

ISA Madrid
I chose to study abroad because I wanted to gain real-life experience with my Spanish major. Being able to take classes in Spanish for my other areas of study, Communication and Global Studies, was a unique experience that I could only get by studying abroad! 

Hailey Wattman

ISA Madrid
In a straightforward sense, I developed my language skills both academically and conversationally, but it goes so much further than that. I learned how to navigate new and sometimes uncomfortable situations and how to be flexible and understanding. 

Hailey Wattman

ISA Madrid
I wish I knew how much I should take advantage of it. I did tons and tons, but I can’t help wishing I did more. I think this is a natural feeling, so the moral of the story is cheesy but true – take advantage of every minute you have! 

Hailey Wattman

ISA Madrid
My most memorable experience while studying abroad was waking up at 4am in the middle of the Sahara Desert to lay in the dunes and watch the moon set. The stars looked like something out of a photograph, I kept having to remind myself it was real. I felt this way pretty much the entire time I spent in the Sahara. 

Hailey Wattman

ISA Madrid
One of my Madrileno friends once told me, “compartir es vivir” – to share is to live. Spanish culture is heavily rooted in collectivism – this is reflected in the traditional meal style of “tapas” or small plates to be shared. I loved how much the culture valued strong social bonds and spending time with others.

Hailey Wattman

ISA Madrid
Do as much research as you can! When I first arrived in Madrid, I had no idea where to start. I felt lost during orientation and didn’t know how to find anything. Look at maps, find out where you will be staying, and make plans for yourself. Once I became comfortable with my surroundings, everything felt better and more natural.