KoreyAnne Smith - 2013 Program Participant

Traveling has always been a dream of KoreyAnne’s, and fortunately, she was able to fulfill this dream through studying abroad with ISA. She is confident that the skills and knowledge she gained while studying abroad will help her to fulfill whatever endeavors life holds for her in the future.

Plaza España
Plaza España. Photo by KoreyAnne Smith

How did you decide upon studying abroad through International Studies Abroad?

When looking into study abroad programs, I felt like the team at the ISA was the most enthusiastic about me joining their program. They were a knowledgeable group of individuals that offered around the clock advice and support to those who were clueless about studying abroad (like me!). It was a comfort knowing that they knew me on a more personal level, rather than just as a number.

What should all students getting ready to study abroad in Seville know before they leave?

Enjoy what the city has to offer. It is one of the most historic cities in Spain and is home to many of the traditions that we identify as "Spanish". I know that you can get caught up in traveling to different countries on the weekends, but Sevilla has a lot to offer and you will miss it when you are back in the U.S.

Don’t get frustrated if you do not understand what someone is saying. Sevillians speak some of the fastest Spanish in Spain. It is hard to catch on at first, but you will get the hang of it in no time! Trust me.

ALSO, pack summer AND winter clothes! You will be surprised as to how cold it can get in southern Spain towards the end of the year. I learned the hard way, so please do not make the same mistake!

Why do you think Sevilla is the best place to study in Spain?

The history and culture of the city is unmatched. Sevilla is a city of tradition and continues to celebrate its culture with colorful and historic customs. Year round, the city blossoms and flourishes with different sights, sounds, and smells. Each season brings different festivals, holidays, and foods. The people of this city are young at heart, which opens the door to fun and opportunity for students like me.

Which class in Spain was your favorite?

My favorite class was a Culture and Civilization course taught by one of the most interesting people I have ever met. I learned how tapas were made, how to dance flamenco, and how to "call on" a bull when bullfighting. Not only did my professor have us participate in learning how to do these things, but he also took us to a traditional flamenco show, an old tapas bar, and encouraged us to see a bullfight. Overall, this class greatly improved my understanding of Spanish culture.

Now that you are home, how would you say study abroad has impacted your life?

Studying abroad has changed my life in ways that I never could have imagined. I have learned to see the world with open eyes and an unbiased heart. By immersing myself in a foreign culture and adapting to a different way of life, I have given myself purpose and direction. I have gained the confidence that I can achieve anything that I put my mind to.