Friday was a bit of a rough day for a lot of the people in the program. It was the end of our second full week here in Granada. Some of the initial excitement has worn off and stress about school has started to set in! As the people around me were panicking, I remained calm about the high expectations regarding our school work. (I think it helps that I have a job lined up for after graduation!)
“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu
Once I shifted my mindset, the day was mine to enjoy! I had granada (pomegranate) flavored gelato with a few girls after class. We went to the science museum in the afternoon and finished up with tapas and sangria. Spending some time with people in the program and chatting about things other than school made me feel so much more connected and comfortable.
Ended up going out to dinner with my host mom and roommate. We had the best time laughing and chatting outside at a barre. It’s so fun to sit out on the sidewalk on a weekend and watch the Spanish live their lives! Now I have an essay to write about Washington Irving and the Alhambra. Time to get on the grind.