Credit: Julia Kostecka
COLA: Tell us a bit about yourself?
Jacqueline Sullivan: My name is Jacqueline Sullivan. I am a Junior Zoology/Spanish double major studying abroad in Granada, Spain. I also studied abroad in Costa Rica in a 6-week program last summer. I love traveling (if you can’t tell).
COLA: Why did you choose the Granada program?
Jacqueline: I chose the Granada program because I had heard that it is a beautiful city and that is isn’t quite as touristy as other cities in Spain. Also because the program was offered through COLA which, having experience with their programs from the Costa Rica study abroad, made me feel more comfortable knowing ahead of time that there wouldn’t be any problems transferring credits. I also liked the idea of being able to take five courses, 4-credits each as this will help me greatly with my major requirements.
COLA: What were your biggest pre-departure challenges?
Jacqueline: Deciding what to pack! It may seem trivial, but when you have never been away from home for such a long period and to a country you have never visited, it can be tough. It is especially hard because you are trying to pack light but at the same time know that if you forget something, you can’t just drive back to your house to get it. Getting my visa was a little difficult because the process is kind of long and they have inconvenient hours so I ended up having to miss classes one day to go down to Boston to apply for it. It is also a pain that you then have to go back to pick it up, but luckily my cousin lives near Boston and was able to pick it up for me.
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COLA: How did you finance your semester in Spain?
Jacqueline: Help from my parents, grandparents, savings of my own, and the Foley-Jackson Scholarship (awarded by UNH).
COLA: What courses did you study while in Granada? Did you find your course work pushed you to explore more of Granada and Spain that you might not have otherwise?
Jacqueline: Spanish Civilization and Culture, Economics of Spain and Latin America, Literature, Spanish oral and writing, and grammar. Yes, these classes definitely pushed me to explore more of Granada and Spain. Our group did in fact travel to many parts of Spain with our Literature professor as a guide and she suggested other places to visit as well both in Granada and out.
Credit: Jan Beck
COLA: What will be your best memory of being in Granada?
Jacqueline: I think my best memory will be of the lookouts up on the hills above Granada. There are a few I can think of, from which you can see the city, the Alhambra, the Sierra Nevada, or all of them at once and the sunsets are breathe taking.