Fabiana Rojas: Miami as Text 2023

Photograph taken by Fabiana Rojas CC/4.0

Fabiana Rojas is currently a Junior at Florida International University’s Honors College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Fabiana’s hobbies include reading writing, playing the piano, and traveling. She hopes to continue traveling the world in order to learn more about international cultures and languages.

Encounter as text

After my first class meeting of España Study abroad, I am ecstatic to see what is to come. I originally joined this class for a couple of reasons, the main one being the experience. As a lover of traveling, the idea of learning about a new culture while exploring a foreign country with new friends sounds like a dream. My family is also planning on moving to Spain in the coming years, so learning more about the country I will be potentially living in will benefit me greatly in the future. Besides learning about the country itself, I also hope to become more independent and better at traveling alone, as well as navigating public transportation.

I feel a lot more motivated than nervous. At first, the idea of traveling abroad without family seemed a bit daunting; however, meeting the group I will be traveling with helped me feel a lot more comfortable with the idea because it is clear that everyone going intends to be there for each other, and make the experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Right now, I have general knowledge when it comes to Spain. I know a lot about Spanish culture, the foods, and the people because I have family and friends in Spain, and have visited in the past. I would like to gain a deeper understanding of what Spain really is, though. I hope to learn more about Spanish art, architecture, and history both before and during the trip. Spain conjures many things in my mind. When I think of Spain, I think of bright colors, flamenco, cheerful music, and kind people.

I went to Spain last year for the first time with my family, the main places I visited were Madrid, San Sebastian, and Santander. I also visited smaller neighboring cities in the area. Overall, the experience was wonderful. The food and architecture are amazing, but my favorite part was meeting the locals. Everyone in Spain is so kind and diverse. Within a few weeks there, I met people from all over the world and made amazing friends. With this program, I expect and hope to grow my knowledge of the country and meet more people around the world. I love learning about new cultures and I believe the best way to do that is by learning directly from others with different life experiences.

One of the places I am most excited to visit is Barcelona. I have seen so many pictures and videos of Barcelona and the city looks very beautiful. I am also excited to visit La Sagrada Familia the popular areas all around the city. Finally, I am eager to go out at night with my new friends from the group and experience the nightlife in the city, because I feel like it would be an excellent opportunity to meet new people and make friends from both Spain and all around the world. Overall, the program has given me a great first impression and I am looking forward to the amazing experiences that are to come!

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