Senior relishes foreign learning experience

Senior relishes foreign learning experience

Jordan Weckerly Jordan Weckerly, a senior psychology major, recently spent a month in Madrid, Spain, studying the culture and getting hands-on experience with the Spanish language. Weckerly also visited plazas, museums and parks, while enjoying the World Cup festivities and food.

“Spending four weeks in Madrid was the best learning experience of my life. It started out a little rocky; getting used to their way of life and language took a little time. It was also difficult since my Spanish language skills were not at the level I wanted them to be. But interacting with Spaniards and learning about their culture opened my eyes to how amazing Spain really is.

During the few weeks I was there I visited Segovia, Toledo, Cuenca, and Barcelona. Madrid is such a large city, so visiting the smaller cities really gave me an insight to the real Spanish life. It was helpful as well to practice my Spanish, since very few people spoke English in those smaller cities. And of course, another amazing aspect of my trip was the food! It was so fun trying new things I have never heard of, and tapas were delicious.

During my down time, I visited many of the various plazas, museums, and parks throughout Madrid. I learned a lot about Madrileño history by visiting the Palacio Real, which was beautiful. It was also very beneficial to be there during the World Cup. It added a sense of pride to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Throughout my time there, I tried my hardest to interact with Spaniards to make the most of my opportunity to practice my Spanish. My classes in grammar and conversation were helpful, but it was those real conversations with the Spanish community that pushed me over the edge. Now that I’m home, I've been trying to watch the Telemundo Spanish channel a little each day to keep up. I’m counting down the days until I can go back!”

    — Jordan Weckerly