Back to the Grind

I’m in the United States, and have been for a few weeks now. I didn’t think that reverse culture shock would really affect me that much, but it kind of did. Spanish is still in my brain, and some of my thoughts come out in Spanish.

My experience has changed me, but in a different way than what I expected: I feel like I’ve become more of myself. I’ve become more confident, and I love myself a little more than I used to.

I miss Spain. I feel like every time I speak in a language that is not Spanish, I am actively forgetting the language, but the truth is, there are so few opportunities to practice it. I plan on becoming much more active in the Spanish clubs and organizations on campus, but beyond that, I have few other ways to practice it.

This truly was a great experience, and this was supposed to “get my feet wet” for the actual, semester long study that I plan on doing spring of my junior year. Until then, I will be working like crazy at my science classes and trying to get all of my ducks in a row so that I am able to make these travel dreams come true.

3 comments

  1. Victoria Fouke · August 22, 2015

    I would love to talk with you more about your adventures in Spain. Spain is on the top of my list for my study abroad experiences! I love the culture, the music, the people, the food, but I’ve never had the chance to actually explore areas outside the United States. Did you speak Spanish fluently before you went, or did you pick it up while you were there? What kind of clubs are you interested in joining here at OU to practice Spanish?

    • admin · August 22, 2015

      I love talking about Spain! Email me, and we can chat! Spain is a great place, with so much culture and history. My Spanish wasn’t that great before I went, but I picked it up really quickly. A lot of people go there with very questionable Spanish and do fine, so don’t worry! I’m thinking of joining the Spanish club, and just talk to people who speak Spanish to practice. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll ever be able to replicate that kind of total immersion in Oklahoma, but here’s to trying!

  2. Jenna · August 22, 2015

    It’s so great to hear you talk about how your study abroad experience really cultivated you as a person, and left you with this strong sense of passion for the Spanish language and culture. I am studying Spanish here at OU and I also plan on spending my semester abroad in this historic country. I can relate to struggle to find ways to practice Spanish here, but I’m doing OU Cousins and I hoped to paired up with a Spanish speaking cousin that is willing to practice with me, as well as join the Latin dance club. I hope that you can maintain your Spanish until your return.