I’ve spent a lot of time in recent weeks wondering how exactly I would describe a “study abroad.” Now that I carry almost 3 months in Barcelona, it doesn’t strike me to walk past Gaudi’s famous Casa Batlló every morning after getting out of the metro. I’m no barcelone, but neither do I feel like a tourist anymore. I’m a foreigner, but Barcelona is a house that is becoming a home. So WTF is this study abroad business!?!?
A study abroad is no vacation. Before you depart kind and thoughtful wellwishers bid you safe travels and a happy adventure reflecting on previous trips they may have taken. They tell you “You’ll have the adventure of a lifetime!” But a study abroad is more a trip than a vacation, and can sometimes be more a challenge than a pleasure. Rather, a study abroad is what it says:  you study  abroad. Study isn’t limited limited to academics. Instead there are four aspects: