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March 26, 2010
Vol. 51 No. 18

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Journey to Spain will bring freedom

On Sept. 1, 2010 I will be tired, sitting on an airplane, eating peanuts and drinking soda.
After a long flight, I will look out my window as we slowly descend in the air and see the beautiful eastern coast of Spain.

That's right, I am going abroad in the fall, and I find myself getting more excited with each paper I fill out or meeting I attend.

Although no one I know is traveling with me, and I am beginning to become nervous since it is so soon, and I know that this will be an experience of a lifetime and I will want to do it on my own. I am going abroad, specifically to Valencia, Spain, for a number of reasons.

I am not fluent in Spanish; I think that would be funny if someone thought I actually was, but I am hoping to become almost, if not fully fluent, by the time I arrive home. I'm living with a host family, which means I will be speaking in Spanish pretty much all day, everyday.

In fact, I heard that there are certain parts of the day while we're on campus where it is mandatory we speak Spanish.

The first couple of weeks embraced in a new language and culture will be overwhelming, but I know it will be worth it in the end and I'll look back on it as just another wonderful experience through Susquehanna.

I hope to gain a great amount of knowledge about the culture, but my main goal is to become practically, if not fully, fluent in Spanish.

On top of learning the language, I want to become more independent. College has definitely opened my eyes to see the real world and how I have changed as a person, but I know that being alone in a big city like Valencia will allow me to open up even more.
Having a strong sense of independence is an important quality to have.

While in Spain, I will have the opportunity to spend time on my own and travel throughout Europe, reflecting on who I am and why I am going abroad in the first place.

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