Elizabeth Melkonyan: Miami as Text 2023

Greetings! My name is Elizabeth Melkonyan. I welcome to you on my blog. I am currently a sophomore honors college student, pursuing a double major in Liberal Studies and Philosophy with a specialized pre-law track. I was born and raised in Uzbekistan, however, I am Armenian and Russian. My interests include law, art, history, and travel. Additionally, I am also a proficient pianist and violinist, life enthusiast. I invite you to join me as I explore the vibrant city of Miami through this blog and you can also follow me on IG: @monalisaa.m

Encounter as text

Welcome to my first España study abroad blogpost!

Today was the first official class meeting for my study abroad program in España and I couldn’t be more excited. I joined this program because Spain has always been a country that has fascinated me, with its rich history and diverse cultural influences. From the powerful reign of Isabelle of Castille to the stunning architecture of the Alhambra palace, Spain has always been on my bucket list to explore. The program is for 3 weeks, which may seem like a short time but I know it will be packed with experiences and memories. I am excited to learn about the country’s rich history, culture and art, Spanish traditions and customs, and especially, Spanish cuisine. I am looking forward to visiting famous landmarks such as the Alhambra palace, Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and many more. I sincerely feel like this study abroad experience in Spain will be a journey filled with a vibrant array of emotions and impressions, and A LOT of instagram stories and posts from some insanely pretty locations.

Another reason why I decided to join this program was because of the interactive class syllabus and the opportunity to be taught by Professor Bailly. He holds a degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the world and I was excited to learn from him and explore Spain under his guidance. Traveling with people who possess a deep understanding of the country and its culture makes the experience even more enriching.

I’ve had the privilege of traveling to many parts of Europe, but I’ve never had the chance to explore Spain. I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the country’s rich culture and history. From the lively streets of Madrid to the picturesque beaches of the Costa del Sol, Spain offers something for everyone. I am particularly excited to visit the historic cities of Granada, Seville and Toledo, to experience the unique blend of Christian and Islamic culture that Spain is famous for.

I am also looking forward to visiting the beautiful beaches of Ibiza, which I have heard so much about. I hope to fly there during one of my free days and have an opportunity to experience the island’s famous nightlife, culture and beaches.

In addition to the academic and cultural aspects of this program, I am also looking forward to the opportunity to make new friends and create unforgettable memories. I am excited to see how this experience will change me as a person, and I am open to whatever new experiences and opportunities come my way. I feel like this trip will expand my horizons and enhance my Spanish language skills, as it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and will be a valuable asset for my future career aspirations in Miami particularly. This program will give me the opportunity to interact with locals, practice my Spanish language skills, and learn about the culture in a way that would not be possible from just reading a textbook or watching a movie. This truly interactive hybrid spring/summer program is something very special and extraordinary.

I am counting the days till I embark on this journey. Stay tuned for more updates on my study abroad journey as I explore the beautiful country of España with my classmates and Professor Bailly.

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