Miranda Celello - 2014 Program Participant

Miranda’s study abroad experience with ISA was nothing but wonderful. The ISA staff in Austin were helpful in arranging her trip, and the on-site staff in Spain made her want to stay for the rest of her life. She enjoyed every second of her experience, and know she will one day go back to beautiful Sevilla.

A Beautiful Sunset Illuminating the City of Sevilla.
A Beautiful Sunset Illuminating the City of Sevilla.

Why did you choose ISA over other study abroad program providers in Spain?

I chose ISA because they are one of the most well-known and well-respected study abroad programs out there. They had great reviews online and from ISA alumni that I met. They also had a great amount of options within Spain for me to choose from.

As a GVSU Student, what advice would you give to other GVSU students planning to study abroad in Spain?

For other GVSU students heading to Spain... first of all, I'm extremely jealous, because I wish I could go back and live it all over again. Secondly, just enjoy every day. Go out and explore your city wherever you decide to go, and get to know it like the back of your hand, because it's truly going to become your home.

Lastly, and most importantly, speak Spanish wherever you go! It is really tempting to take the easy way out and speak English because there will be a lot of other Americans around, but I challenge you to make as many Spanish friends as possible - it's the best way to pick up the language. You have nothing to lose.

Was Sevilla the best place to study abroad in Spain?

I can't say that Sevilla is the best place to study abroad in Spain, because it's the only place that I studied.  But I will say, I absolutely loved every second. Sevilla is beautiful. It was the perfect size for me, and I felt safe there. There was always something to do, and even if there wasn't, it was always a great day to sit along the river and soak it all in.

What was your favorite class while abroad? 

My favorite class was my History of Wine class for obvious reasons. I loved wine and we had several wine tastings. I also loved my Hispano-American Literature course with Camacho. He was one of the best professors I have had in my college career.

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

Study abroad has impacted my life in a way that I can't sum up in words. It made me re-think everything and push myself out of my comfort zone. I was able to see the world and learn a foreign language from the people who invented it. Study abroad is an experience that no one can take away from you. It is pretty impossible not to have the time of your life, so enjoy!