Through the Honors Abroad Grant I was able to participate in the Discovery Madrid program. This was very valuable both academically and in the networking context. I was able to get an internship in my field of study with biochemistry. I also met professors, people and friends that have helped me get opportunities to become a Global Ambassador as well as be involved in diversity and equity work. It was a good experience especially in my first semester of college. I was able to improve my language skills as well and become much more open-minded to different cultures and traditions.
I was surprised that my host family did not speak any English but I was glad that that was the case in the end. I was able to be really immersed within the culture and the language and learn about Spain and its people. I was able to create a strong connection with them and they taught me a lot about myself. I didn’t know about the internships and traveling opportunities that were offered by the Discovery Madrid program and it was definitely something that helped me be involved and network while I was abroad.
I recently was accepted as a Global Ambassador in which I was nominated by the Madrid center. I will also be continuing my work with the Diversity and Equity Steering Committee as well on campus. I also hope to do another internship over the summer that will help me grow in my field.