CENet Scholar Jael Garner spent last spring studying in Spain and recently spent some time reflecting on her semester abroad. Students who are interested in going abroad can attend the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, October 12 from 10 am – 3 pm in the Talley Student Union Ballroom.
“Study abroad was one of the most amazing things I have decided to do so far in my life. Before it all started I didn’t really know what to expect, what the whole experience would be like or how it would even be like to live in Spain. I was able to make some of the most amazing friendships and connections in my life from class, city events, and at home. I studied in Madrid, Spain and there are many exchange students who do their “Erasmus” or study abroad experience there. I made a lot of Spanish friends but surprisingly my closest friends turned out to be Portuguese, French, German, and Australian.
My favorite things of the experience were the food, the fashion, and the travelling. I won’t lie I did miss the occasional Bojangles stop and other American type foods like ribs and such- but I did learn a lot of new recipes while I was there. My favorite foods were paella, jamon iberico, croquetas, and the Spanish tortilla OMG. The fashion was definitely different I am a fan of European fashion in general but when I first arrived it was so overwhelming. Everyone shops at Zara or Bershka among many other stores and it was always amazing to see students during class online shopping or even walking down Gran Via seeing all the people shopping. I soon fell in and starting going on a shopping craze as well because well come on its fashion. My last top favorite thing was the travelling. Flights are so cheap especially from the airline Ryanair where most my flights cost about 20 to 30 euros. While in Spain I travelled to Italy, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, France, Switzerland, England, Portugal and throughout Spain. Of course 20 euros per flight can add up if you travel a lot not to mention food and travel expenses within the country but it’s worth it definitely. I suggest if you plan on studying abroad in Europe to save a bunch of money to travel!!
My university was Universidad de Complutense. I am a Biology major and if you are in the sciences I really recommend studying abroad even though you think you might not be able to. The school was so different- it was very open aired with graffiti all over the building inside and out, the police aren’t allowed to enter the campuses, and there were often strikes. I clearly didn’t have a car so to get to my university I had to take the metro and then a bus to campus, like most students.
This opportunity was amazing and if I were given this opportunity again I would definetly do it. I recommend everyone to study abroad even if it is during the summer or spring break it is an unforgettable experience.”
Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) President Hannah Taylor spent all 4 years of her time at NC State with the organization. She is graduating this May with dual degrees in French and International Studies, concentrating on Global Sustainability and Development. She also completed and received the Global Perspectives Certificate.
“I learned so much about culture and cultural interactions during my four years of CENet,” Taylor said. “I improved my cross-cultural competency, my organizational and leadership skills, as well as communication and public speaking. Working with CENet encouraged me to reflect on my own background, culture, and understanding of my own identity and cultural experiences.”
Read more about her global learning and experiences in her final certificate portfolio.
Congratulations Hannah and thanks for all of your hard work and contributions over the years! We’re looking forward to seeing the great things you’ll do in the future!
Could you hear the banging of drums in the background while walking around campus this week? The Nile Project artists have been in residence at NC State March 15 through 21 to offer a number of performances, discussions and cultural events. Much more than just a band, The Nile Project is a unique cross-cultural collaboration that brings artists from 11 countries together to create a unified new sound and to ignite social justice.
The artists represent the 12 Nile River Basin countries, and their collaboration represents the international sharing of resources–in this case, the Nile River.
In addition to NileFEST,a free outdoor festival that took place in Stafford Commons on main campus Tuesday afternoon, the artists have participated in events organized by the Water Resources Research Intitute of the UNC Stystem (WRRI), the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at NC State Institute for Nonprofits, NC State Global and Arts Villages, NC State International Affairs, the African American Cultural Center and the Price Music Center to bring awareness to cultural, political and environmental issues.
The Global Training Initiative, in collaboration with the Office of International Services and the US Center for Refugees and Immigrants hosted an event focused on the emigration of Eritreans around the world. Our event showcased Chris Cotter’s documentary Refugee: Eritrean Exodus and journalist Dan Connell, who has spent much of the past couple decades studying the area and tracking the migration of Eritrean refugees. The Nile Project, which features several musicians from Eritrea, also shared a live performance with our audience.
Perhaps one of the most relaxed events of the week was the Music and Dance Workshop for NC State Students hosted by NC State Global and Arts Villages. Students formed a circle with the musicians and learned to play the actual drums used in The Nile Project performances.
On Saturday, the musicians hosted a day-long retreat focused on developing leadership skills and addressing NC’s environmental challenges.
NC State LIVE brings international artists to campus each semester. Watch their calendar for future cultural highlights from around the world!
Unfortunately NC State Men’s Basketball team didn’t make it to the NCAA Championship Series, but “March Madness” presses on!
Stay engaged in the next 3 weeks of college basketball by filling out a bracket and picking the champion! Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 CENet competitors!