Adventuring abroad

By Keegan Corwell 21’ staff writer

During the spring semester of 2019, Sam Lowe, a junior Spanish major, studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain.

Lowe traveled to Spain as part of a program to receive credits towards her Spanish major, where students take part in a foreign institution’s curriculum to further their understanding of the discipline.

“I took a 15-credit course load and had classes Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to around noon each day,” Lowe said. “My classes were taught completely in Spanish, and I took classes learning about the history, culture, and art of Spain.”

Although Lowe spent time in the classroom during her four-month stint in Spain, she also spent a great deal of time traveling and adventuring across Spain and various other countries.

“I think my favorite experience was the opportunity to be fully immersed in a culture and language that I love and wanted to learn more about,” Lowe said. “I also loved how easy it was to travel to other countries on the weekends.”

Traveling abroad, and other immersive experiences like this always seem to have a lasting impact on the lives of those who experienced them. Lowe recommends that anyone thinking about studying abroad should highly consider jumping in and living the adventure.

“I would go back in a heartbeat,” Lowe said. “For anyone in a Spanish major or minor looking to learn more Spanish and study abroad, I would recommend the trip.”

If anyone has questions regarding studying abroad in Spain, Lowe is an ambassador for study abroad through the embassy and the college and would love to provide more information to those who are interested.