The last time I left the United States was when I was twelve years old, and back then, I did not appreciate my voyage abroad as much as I could now, so I took every opportunity to see the sites this summer. My eight weeks in Madrid flew by, and I can credit the friends I made, the places I went, and the opportunities I had for this fast-paced, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. When describing my travels there’s only one phrase that comes to mind, “things to do; places to go; people to see,” and that is exactly how I’m going to break down my summer in Europe.
Things to do: On the top of my agenda in Madrid was my internship with Ericcson—a company at the forefront of communications technology that leads the ICT industry. I worked every day on projects regarding the future use of 5G applications. Here I am pictured with my boss. He was one of the reasons I loved my internship as much as I did, and he said he would write me a letter of recommendation at any time. If it wasn’t for this program I would’ve never met him!
Places to go: Because it had been so long since I had been out of the country I took advantage of the cheap European flights and trains and explored more than just Madrid during my time. I ended up going to Dublin, Ireland, Budapest, Hungary, Lisbon, Portugal, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Ibiza, Spain on different weekends. I love that Europe is filled with many different cultures and types of people all so close to each other. I saw so many beautiful places while I was there, but if I had to pick a favorite it would’ve been Dublin, Ireland. We got to Dublin on a Friday morning, and we spent the entire weekend site-seeing. My advice to anyone looking into this program would be to take advantage of the time you’re there—go see the world beyond your internship location and really dive into all of the different European cultures.
People to see: I went into this trip knowing only a few people on it, but I ended it with friends I know I will have a bond with forever. I traveled the world with strangers who turned into close friends, and I loved every minute of it. I have every intention of keeping up with them, but I know that even if we do fall distant, we will always have fond memories of the adventures we shared together.
My experience traveling Europe through this program was unforgettable, and I would recommend this opportunity to everyone. I will always look back fondly on the things I did, the places I went, and the people I saw. It’s been real Madrid…