The beginning of March marks the end of the intensive period (where I was in class Monday-Friday from 9-2) & the beginning of the continuation period, which is the bulk of my classes. During the intensive period, I was taking an advanced present day Spanish usage class along with an advanced listening class, which allowed me to receive 4 credits in the span of one month. With that being said, I was constantly busy & I was very relieved for the intensive period to be over. However, nothing could prepare me for my dreadful Monday schedule during the continuation period…
I am taking 6 classes total & they are either Monday-Thursday, Monday & Wednesday or only on Monday, so lucky for me, I have the longest Monday ever!!! Since my apartment is a half hour walk from the Center, I do not have enough time to go back during my breaks so I end up staying at the Center from 10:20 in the morning until 9:30 at night. This definitely sounds a lot worse than it actually is because of the fact that I absolutely LOVE all of my classes.
- 10:20-11:15: Spanish Civilization- I am no history buff but this class has surprised me so far & to make it even better, we go on weekly field trips since Sevilla is such a historical place. (Monday-Thursday)
- 11:45-12:40: Women Writers of Spain – I have taken a Spanish Literature class before but I like this one so much more because it focuses solely on women writers from Spain, which is super relevant (Monday-Thursday)
- 1:45-3:00: Advanced Oral Communication- This is definitely the most helpful class I am taking since every day we focus on a different relevant topic & just discuss amongst ourselves in order to practice our Spanish pronunciation & fluency (Monday)
- 4:15-5:15: Flamenco- Flamenco is such a difficult dance to master but I am improving every time!!! There is a flamenco festival in Sevilla in May called Feria & I am very excited for that (Monday & Wednesday)
- 7:30-9:30: Spanish Cuisine- Yes, this class is extremely late at night, however, I think the name of the course justifies that. Each Monday we learn about a different food from Spanish culture like wine, cheese, bread, olive oil, chocolate, pastries, etc. & then on Wednesday, we do a taste testing of whatever we have learned about that week & discuss the flavors, textures, & more. Grandpa, you would love this class!! (Monday & Wednesday)
Since all of my classes are taught in Spanish, I notice myself gradually improving every single day, especially after my long Mondays. My conversations with my host mom are more in depth & I am beginning to have a sense of humor in Spanish, which is super important to me. Also, a couple weeks ago, I experienced first hand the whole reason why I am studying abroad. I went out with my friends to a local bar & we met these other girls who I assumed were from the United States as well. However, I quickly found out that they did not speak any English & that they were from France. So since I do not know any French & they did not know any English, we communicated & got to know each other while speaking in Spanish. I just thought that was a really cool thing that knowing a second language, no matter what it is, can help you find common ground with so many more people from anywhere in the world.