Spotlight on Study Abroad: Why Toledo, Spain

By The Beacon | September 17, 2014 12:44pm

This commentary is part of an ongoing series where students share their study abroad experiences and why other students should pursue the same opportunity. Guest commentary by Kelli Roddy

I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad this past summer in Toledo, Spain. Toledo is a small city about 45 minutes outside of Madrid.  Over the course of six weeks I stayed in Toledo, traveled, and studied Spanish.

I loved Toledo because it was a city so different from any that I’d seen before. The people were very kind, and the culture was beautiful. During my time in Spain, I was also able to travel each weekend to different cities around the country.  Although I was a little nervous going into the program because I didn’t know anyone, I quickly made friends and traveled each weekend with them.

My favorite city to visit was Valencia, where most of my study abroad group explored together.  A bunch of us rented bikes to ride to the largest aquarium in Europe, and then went swimming in the ocean.

I definitely encourage others to study abroad, because it was hands-down one of the greatest life experiences I have had. You will become so close to the people you travel with, enhance your knowledge of the world and experience things you will never forget.