A Summer In Europe: Studying Abroad With April Correa
By Andrew Osegi ’14
Barcelona. Rome. Paris. Texas State University student April Correa visited all these cities during her study abroad adventure this past June. The opportunity to study abroad is one that many college students consider, but few actually realize. Even Correa did not expect to travel overseas, but with a little encouragement, she committed to her traveling aspirations and was soon on a plane headed to Spain.
Correa, an accounting junior, was inspired to investigate her study abroad options not only by the advertisements around campus, but also by her academic advisor.
“I always wanted to study abroad, but I never thought I would actually go through with it,” said Correa. “My advisor was the one who brought it to my attention and supported my interest.”
With the help of the Texas State Study Abroad Office, Correa worked her way through the necessary processes to get approved by the school, including meetings with her McCoy College advisor and the Dean of Students. When the process was complete, she enrolled in two summer classes — CIS 3380 and MKT 3343 — and was accompanied to Spain by 35 Texas State students and two Texas State professors. Her destination and temporary home from May 21 to June 21 was Barcelona, Spain.
Correa describes her class work abroad as “somewhat demanding” due to the compressed nature of college summer courses, but the atmosphere of her classes was unlike any class she could remember in the States.
“Like most summer classes, the information is thrown at you, but the foreign environment we were in masked the scholarly tone of the average classroom that I’m used to,” said Correa.
Indeed, a new culture engulfed the study abroad students, and with it came memories and friendships that Correa says will last a lifetime. The following is Correa’s own account of her experience:
“I fell in love in with Barcelona. There was so much to do! Antoni Gaudi, a famous Catalan architect, has so many beautiful structures all over the city. Paris was amazing and the Eiffel Tower was breathtaking! I spent an entire day there. I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and had a picnic on the garden in front of it. And how could I forget the home of Louis XIV, the beautiful Versailles! Rome, however, was the friendliest place I visited. The city was beautiful and the Italians honestly made you feel like family.”
A special moment for Correa during her travels took place during a night bike tour in Rome. She and 15 other Texas State students explored the city’s magnificence by street lamp and moonlight. “That’s when I realized how lucky I was to have such an amazing opportunity,” she says.
Correa says that the true study abroad experience can only be captured in person. Every day was a new adventure in an exotic land, marking an exciting chapter in Correa’s life — and one she hopes to revisit.
Her advice to students who intend to study abroad in the future is to do some research on the area where you plan to be staying. She says researching details such as metro options, tour pass information and personal safety tips make the journey easier and more enjoyable.
It’s never too early to start planning your own study abroad experience. Contact the Study Abroad Office to take the first step. Enjoy viewing more of Correa’s travel photos below!