Miguel S.

Sophomore - International Studies and Spanish
Farmington, New Mexico

Study Abroad Location: Madrid, Spain

Interests: Learning, traveling, and having fun.

Extra Curricular Activities: UNM Club Tennis, Students for Life, and Catholic stuff

Red or Green? red

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I am on my way.”
— Carl Sandburg

Favorite Class: Approaches to Languages and Cultures (MLNG 101) or Legacy of Exploration: Rites of Passage (UHON 121)

Favorite Bands: Imagine Dragons, AJR, The Chainsmokers, OneRepublic, American Authors, Bastille

What do you know now that you wish you knew when entering UNM?
I wish I knew that living on campus is way nicer and more convenient than you may think it is, especially when Lapo is 24/7 and they will make you burritos at night!

What are your favorite events around Albuquerque?
Balloon Fiesta, $5 movies on Tuesdays, and catching nice deals at TJ Maxx.

What are you looking forward to most during your time abroad?
I am looking forward to experiencing the culture of Europe, getting to travel, learning from a different perspective, and the reasonable drinking age.

What advice would you give to an incoming UNM student?
Make sure you get out of the dorm room and smell the roses every once in a while, college isn’t just the classes you take but the extracurriculars and other things that you do. Have some fun. (Also study because the tests are sometimes hard.)

Meet Miguel S.

The Land of Enchantment

When I came back from my first study abroad experience in high school, my mom bought me a book, Burn-Up or Splash Down by Marion Knell, which I only read some of, but that deals with the difficulties that many people have when returning home after being overseas or away from home for a long […]

Packin’ It All Up

Packing up all your belongings into one suitcase and one backpack isn’t the easiest task ever, but it is my final task here in Madrid. Although it is true that I came to Spain with the same amount of space in my bags, due to the Law of Accumulation of Random Sh*t, I think that […]

Bratislava & Vienna

If you ask me where Bratislava is, I can tell you it is in Slovakia, but if you ask me why I decided to travel to Bratislava, I would have to tell the truth and say: “No real reason. The flights were cheap.” Probably a month ago I was trying to plan some of the […]

Semester is (Almost) Over

Well, I hope everybody’s summer is going well. If it is summer for you wherever you live or go to school. Because it’s not summer here yet. Technically, anyways. Sure, classes ended on the 12th of May, but here in Spain, following the end of classes, there is a 3 week long exam period during […]

Semana Santa

Holy Week. (That is what the title of this blog means, in case you were wondering.) Holy Week is the culmination of the season of Lent for Christians, especially Catholics, and it is an important if not the most important week during the year. While Spain abolished Catholicism as the official religion in the 1978 […]