Emily Resler, '16

B.A. in Communication Studies, Minor in Spanish

Why did you choose to study abroad?
Ever since I was in high school I have always wanted to study abroad. The thought of completely immersing myself into another country and living there for several months was always so enticing to me! I had heard so many people’s stories about studying abroad and how it had changed their lives and was the best semester of college, and I really wanted to have that experience.

How did you choose the country you went to?
I originally was set on studying abroad in Ireland because I am Irish, and I had always heard of how beautiful and lush the Irish countryside was. However, when I picked up a minor in Spanish my sophomore year, I knew I had to study in a country where they spoke Spanish. I still desperately wanted to go to Europe so Spain felt like the perfect match. And, in the long run, I wouldn’t have traded living in Spain for anything. It truly was my favorite country that I travelled to.

Share one unique experience that happened while you were abroad.
I studied in Sevilla, Spain, during the spring, which had a million unique experiences simply tied into being in that city during that time of year. In the spring, Sevilla holds two separate week-long festivals only a few weeks apart from each other. Semana Santa, or the Holy Week of Easter, was the first week-long festival, and the second was La Feria de Abril, which is a week-long flamenco dancing festival. Both of these festivals were not only culturally rich and incredible to be able to simply go to, but they were also a once in a lifetime experience for me to see these festivals through the eyes of a native. My host family took me out to each of these festivals in a way I never would have been able to experience if I was simply a tourist.

How has it changed you?
I could talk about for days about how studying abroad has changed me, but in short I think I would simply say that it strengthened me, challenged me, grew me, and opened my eyes to many different people, places, and opinions in a way that I have never experienced before. I was forced to leap outside of my comfort zone, and it was the best experience of my life.

Learn more about Grove City College's B.A. in Communication Studies

Return to Directory