Where in the World is Miami Wednesday: Barcelona

By Megan Schulte, student study abroad ambassador

architectureWhat program you are on: FSB Barcelona

Is it a Miami or Third-Party program: Miami

What you are studying with your program: Since the program is through Farmer, I am taking the Finance 301 and Management 291 equivalents for Miami’s business core curriculum. I am also working on a thematic sequence centered around Spanish culture, for which I am taking Spanish Language and Culture, Art and Architecture in Spain, and Spanish Media and Politics.

wafflesWhy you chose the program that you did: I chose to study abroad with FSB Barcelona to better myself personally, professionally, and culturally. I am seeking internships and jobs in marketing and fashion and would love to incorporate Spanish as a potential minor. I am looking forward to gaining a global perspective of international business and becoming involved in a culture with different styles both in fashion and communication. FSB Barcelona has already begun helping me with the development of cross-cultural and interpersonal skills that will benefit me for years to come. I have lived in Ohio my whole life and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to challenge myself and see the world through a new lens. Becoming a global citizen will help me to empathize with other cultures and understand where I fit in.

Coolest place/thing that you have done so far: So far, my favorite experience has been taking a spontaneous trip to Paris with my friends the first weekend we were here! Seeing the Eiffel Tower in person was incredible, as well as visiting the Louvre, and walking around the inside of the Notre Dame during a service. Definitely a weekend I will remember forever!

student exploringFavorite part about the program: My favorite part of FSB Barcelona is living with a host family! There are several students here from other universities and many of them live in apartments together, but what makes this program special is being able to embrace the Spanish lifestyle with these amazing people who have welcomed us into their homes. We help each other refine our Spanish and English skills and always end each day sharing laughs around the dinner table!

How study abroad has affected/changed you so far: In just 4 short weeks, I am already feeling like a much more confident and independent person. Even little things like walking everywhere instead of driving and asking for directions in Spanish have made me more curious and more open minded. Managing a budget and being able to navigate through busy train stations have made me more self-reliant and responsible. I am excited to learn more about the world and about myself!

Catch us next week as we continue to travel around the world to feature the amazing opportunities that Miami students are taking!
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