A Semester Abroad Makes a Lifetime of Confidence

I can’t believe my first semester has come to an end! I have been in Granada for the past 5 months! I have learned so much during my time here. I came to Spain as a level 2 Spanish speaker and ended my semester a level 5 Spanish speaker. As of now, I am currently a level 7 advanced speaker.

Me at the Sierra Nevada skiing for the first time!

I have met people from all over that I have built relationships with that I am sure are long lasting. I have developed a great bond with my host mom and family. I have been able to explore and travel! Most importantly for me, I feel as though I am becoming more confident in myself as a person with a disability. My time in Spain is showing me that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I have begun to independently travel which I have never done before. I am becoming more outgoing and beginning to put myself out there more. I have begun making plans for my future. I am fortunate to have another semester in Granada and I am looking forward to seeing what’s next on my journey. Through the taxing strains of the ongoing pandemic, I do feel that 2021 was a year of change and growth for me. I can’t wait to see what 2022 has to offer!

Demetria Ober is a college student at Texas Woman’s University. She is an ISA Identity & Inclusion Featured Blogger and is studying abroad with ISA in Granada, Spain.

Author: demetriaober

I am a student at Texas Woman’s University studying social work and medical Spanish interpretation. I am currently studying abroad in Granada Spain and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences. I also experience the disability of blindness and would love to share my journey! Diversity is beautiful!

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