Hey All. I wanted to give an update, and write a quick introductory post for my time abroad in Spain. The time has finally come…and a bus ride, two plane rides totaling in about 12 hours, some more bus rides, a hop, and a tug of luggage, I have finally arrived in Spain! Before I dive into any posts about the wonderful country and my excursions, I wanted to share a special video. I applied for the Grand Trunk Student Ambassador scholarship and received “Runner-Up” out of several other students. The scholarship includes a prize package including a camera and some of their products, but it is also my responsibility to post my experiences on their blog/website. You will also be able to see these on my own blog located right here. I feel extremely honored and included part of my first post below (click the link at the bottom to see it in full). Thank you to everyone for your continued support and diligence in voting for my video! If you want to jump on for the ride with me, subscribe to my blog on the right sidebar. Adios.
Pre-Departure: Nos Vemos America.
I feel extremely honored to be named one of the Grand Trunk Student Ambassadors for this upcoming spring semester, and look forward to sharing my experiences with you. I first would like to congratulate the other contestants, and compliment all of the great video submissions. Very soon my plane departs from Chicago O’Hare for Alicante, Spain where I plan to study at the University of Alicante in the Valencian Community.
Alicante is a Mediterranean port city in the southeastern part of Spain, which has a sunny climate, beautiful beaches, tall mountains, and rich culture and nightlife. I plan on swimming, sailing, and enjoying the four-mile-long beach of San Juan, considered one of the finest in all of Spain. Abroad, I will be taking nine intensive Spanish language courses, a Madrid field study, and culture immersion courses like Dances of Spain, Spanish Cuisine, and Sailing. All of these classes I hope to share with you in detail along with the excursions I plan to take!
I have developed a great deal of interest in the Spanish language and culture having taken classes since middle school. The places, festivals, and overall way of life I cannot wait to experience as I am immersed in the Spanish community. Coupling this Spanish interest with athletics, I hope to attend several futbol matches, basketball games, and view some of the lines world-renowned climber Chris Sharma has scaled.
Like Grand Trunk, I share an incredible passion for the outdoors and am adamant about protecting our wild and natural places here on this earth. This reason along with many other similarities between my lifestyle and values is why I feel I can add value to the brand as a Grand Trunk Student Ambassador. One thing I am really excited about is being a carbon balanced traveler as well! At Mount Union, I serve on a sustainability committee and my supervisors bought me carbon offsets as a gift for leaving.
Ultimately I love encountering new experiences and I define these experiences as travels that stay with you for the rest of your life. I believe travel can add value to our lives like nothing else. Travel teaches compassion, humility, and a desire realize the interconnectedness of our experiences here on this planet. For me, what I enjoy most is sharing these connections through the images produced from my journeys and documenting their stories on my blog.
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