Cádiz Program: Spanish Language and Culture Summer 2022
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Sarah Bett

Liberal Arts Major: Spanish
Other Major: CED
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I had an amazing experience studying abroad in Cádiz. Being able to spend a month in this beautiful peninsula with 14 new friends was such a memorable and wonderful opportunity. I loved being able to spend time at the beach after classes, experience the local food scene, and immerse myself in the Spanish language. From a jazz festival, to sunset-swimming in the ocean, to a paella cooking class - there's always something to do. I also loved going to Granada and touring the Alhambra. I would highly recommend this study abroad opportunity to anyone who's considering it!

How did this experience impact you academically?

Studying abroad in Cádiz helped to immerse me in Spanish-speaking culture. I feel more confident as a Spanish major now than ever before. I have loved all of my Spanish classes at Penn State, but being able to speak in Spanish every day with anyone I meet makes a big difference in my ability to speak and comprehend the language.

"Being able to speak in Spanish every day with anyone I meet makes a big difference in my ability to speak and comprehend the language."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Being conversationally fluent in Spanish is incredibly important to me. I think it is important to break down language barriers. In order to effectively communicate with people who I work with, I want to make sure I can speak more than just English. This experience has strengthened my ability and my confidence with Spanish.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

This program is a faculty-led program from the Spanish department. My professors were incredibly helpful, thoughtful, and caring throughout the entire trip (and even beforehand). They wanted to make sure that we had the most enriching experience possible in the short month we had in Spain. I am so grateful for all the time and effort they put into creating such a wonderful trip and educational opportunity.

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