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ISA in Granada, Spain
GO: Why did you decide to study abroad with ISA in Granada?
Melissa: As a Spanish major it is required to study abroad for a semester, but I have always wanted to do have the experience. I had multiple cousins do before me, and they all made it sound like an amazing way to get college credit, travel and interact with different cultures. I decided to study in Granada because I have a cousin who works for the ISA program in Barcelona and she recommended the program to me. I also have a strong interest in the Islamic influence in Spain, and Granada is one of the cities with most Arab/Islamic influence. Also, I have lots of family in Spain, but none in Granada. I wanted to experience a different part of Spain independent of my family.
GO: Made made studying in Granada a unique and special experience?
Melissa: This study abroad experience was unique for me because I got to truly know a city outside of Michigan. I grew up in suburbia, go to college in a farm town, and studied abroad in an actual city. I loved getting know city life. I also had never been so far away from my immediate family and good friends for so long. Studying abroad really help me grow as a person; I learned about myself, another culture, and really my own culture as well.
GO: How did this experience impact your academic development?
Melissa: Since I am studying Spanish and Secondary Education, I will be able to use my photos, life experiences and language acquisition to better teach my students in the classroom. It also gave me more passion for what I will do in the future. Even if I do not teach for the rest of my life, I know my future will include Spanish in some way. I love it! My current goals are to move back to Spain after I graduate to teach English as a second language to Spanish-speakers. I just think my Spanish can still improve so much, and that living in Spain for a few more years will just give me all the confidence I will want, and need in the classroom.
ISA distinguishes itself as a study abroad provider by its commitment to each individual student. ISA services are available to students, parents, faculty and advisers throughout the study abroad process. In addition to the ISA team in the U.S., ISA offers study abroad students constant support through resident directors available in study abroad locations globally.
Everyone at ISA is proud to be a part of offering a high quality study abroad experience to American and Canadian college students at an affordable price. We recognize that we play an important role in the worldwide effort of international educators to increase awareness of cultures and societies outside of each student's national boundaries. Our programs are designed to maximize our participants' learning abroad, and we understand that most college students need support and expert guidance before, during and after their time abroad.