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Off-Campus Study

Notes from Abroad: Amy in Seville

Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Amy Sherman’17, an Economics/Spanish double major currently studying abroad in Seville.

My name is Amy Sherman and I am studying abroad in Seville, Spain. I am a junior at Lake Forest College and am currently studying Economics and Spanish. So far my experience in Seville has been amazing! My program in Seville started out with three weeks of an intensive study period where all of the students were enrolled in grammar and language courses to learn and get accustomed to speaking Spanish all the time. These three weeks were full of learning and reviewing concepts within the Spanish language, as well as learning about the new traditions and customs of the culture we were now immersed in. The intensive period was a time when I learned a lot about Spanish culture and also got to see some of the most important sights of Seville. One of my favorite field trips was to the Cathedral in the center of Seville. The size and beauty of the Cathedral is unbelievable and there was an amazing view from the top of “La Giralda” which is essentially the bell tower of the cathedral. Living with a host family is a great way for me to be constantly immersed in Spanish culture. I live with my host mom, her son, and a roommate that is in my program. I eat every meal with my host mom and roommate and the food that our host mom makes is incredible! I really enjoy trying new dishes that are typical in Spain. One of the most traditional dishes my host mom makes is paella. Paella includes rice and either an assortment of seafood or of different types of meat. Communicating in Spanish has been difficult at times but people in Spain are extremely patient and understanding when they see students trying to speak Spanish. Everyone encourages us to keep speaking in order to become more fluent. I would like to say thank you to Ingrid H. and Geroge L. Speros for the scholarship to make this experience possible. I am extremely grateful. Overall my experiences in Spain have been wonderful and I can’t wait to explore more of what this wonderful country has to offer.