Since I was a child it has been my dream to study abroad in Spain while in college. As a Latina, an opportunity to live in Spain would allow me to perfect my Spanish language abilities as well as connect with my cultural origins. When I decided to attend Drexel, I was excited to learn about their great study abroad opportunities, as well as their connections with many international schools.
There were many obstacles along the way, but the study abroad office did everything in their power to assist me and ensure that I achieved my dream
During my sophomore year, I decided to pursue this dream. After some initial research, I was discouraged when I realized there was no existing program at Drexel for engineers to study in Spain. In addition, I discovered that my engineering peers who had studied abroad only took general electives during their stay. I had already finished many of my general electives; thus in order to graduate on time, I needed to take core engineering courses while on a study abroad program.
When I expressed this desire to the study abroad office, they stopped at nothing to assist me in this endeavor. For months, I worked closely with the office to find a Drexel-compatible university in Spain and create a program that would still allow me to take the courses necessary to graduate on time. There were many obstacles along the way, but the study abroad office did everything in their power to assist me and ensure that I achieved my dream.
After months of hard work, in the fall of 2013 I was able to travel to Madrid, Spain and study in the engineering school at Universidad Pontificia Comillas. While abroad, not only was I able to take engineering courses but I was also able to conduct research with a world-renowned professor for credit. The experience was more than I could have imagined and one of the highlights of my college career—an experience I will never forget.