Humanities Student Spotlight
To complete a Spanish Minor at Springfield College, you are required to study abroad in Spain. Fulfilling this requirement was definitely one of the best decisions I ever made. My experience took place in the beautiful, historic Salamanca. I chose to study in this city for many reasons, including its size, beauty, and impressive historical impact on international universities. The University of Salamanca was founded in 1134, making it the third oldest university in Europe. I was enrolled in the international school at the university, allowing me to complete 18 credits worth of classes, completely in Spanish.
The city of Salamanca is relatively small, which I loved because I was able to develop an “at home” feeling very quickly, and the English language was less present than in a larger Spanish city. I was challenged every day with my Spanish, not only in school, but everywhere I went. At first it was intimidating, but it became fun learning a new language by becoming totally immersed in the culture. Improving upon my listening and oral Spanish skills as the weeks went on was one of the greatest feelings of accomplishment, but building new relationships and becoming knowledgeable on a new culture was even more gratifying. My whole experience allowed me to grow as an individual and has opened my mind to the amazing opportunities I have waiting for me to create back in the United States and all around the world.
Along with the amazing memories and relationships I made in Salamanca, I was also lucky enough to visit Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Toro, Spain, Morocco, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and England in the short four months I was there. I feel so privileged to have experienced living and learning in such a beautiful and unique country. I learned more about the world and myself than I would have ever imagined, and I am still learning every day back in the United States because of my experience abroad. Most importantly, studying abroad has taught me to not be afraid to challenge yourself, it’s the best way to learn, and that anything is possible. I would recommend a similar opportunity and experience to anyone and everyone!