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Off-Campus Study

Notes from Abroad: Jennifer in Spain

Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Jennifer Cabrera ’18, a double major in Education and Spanish currently studying abroad in Murcia, Spain.

Jennifer Cabrera ’18

Universidad de Murcia


I am a junior at Lake Forest College, studying a double major in Education and Spanish. I want to be a Spanish teacher for either high school students or young elementary students. I have a love of learning about languages and cultures and this fall semester I am studying Spanish Culture and Language in Murcia, Spain in order to improve my writing. This is a wonderful opportunity with help from the college and scholarships. This is my first time studying abroad and so far I am having a great experience. Murcia is located in southeastern Spain, close to the Mediterranean. The landscape is very different from Chicago, the city is surrounded by mountains, and has a desert feel because of the warm weather, and the buildings in the city are not very tall the Cathedral is the tallest building that you can see it from any point of the city. There are a lot of bakeries and small restaurants that provide small portioned food called “Tapas”; they are almost on. Tapas are very new to me, while visiting Granada on a weekend trip you could order soda that came along with free food. Just keep ordering a drink and receive food. I found it really unexpected to have most of my classmates from China, but really love it because I can learn from their perspectives about what they think of the Spanish culture and language.

In the future, what I am learning here I want to apply it in the classroom. The vocabulary, culture, and history that I did not know about until my arrival. I will present it and pass on my insights. I find it very important to think about the different regions of Spain and the rich history that has happened here in Murcia. For example, after the Romans, the Arabs took much of control for a very long time and have influenced the culture and vocabulary of the southern region. I look forward to meeting more people and learning more about the history. I want to thank again for the help from G. Dale Smith scholarship for the opportunity to widen my education in a different country.