My journey to Spain for the Global Studies Internship came to me in a rather roundabout way. My major at Jamestown Community College was Nursing when I took my first Spanish class as an elective with Laura Anderson, who formerly directed the Global Studies program. Before I took the Spanish class, I expected the language to be a good way to communicate with patients from diverse backgrounds. Little did I expect that it would also be the gateway to international travel!
I have been preparing for my journey to Europe in many ways — practicing Spanish, renewing my passport, getting my finances in order, and packing my belongings. Since I live in the United States, I tend to be less active than most Europeans, especially since my return to school led to my spending much more time at a desk or computer than I had formerly. I know I will need to walk to many places while I am in Spain, and fortunately I live in a rural area where long hikes in the woods are easy to access. For the past few months I have been getting in shape by walking to a beautiful site near my home — a 6-mile round-trip to Mount Irenaeus, a retreat center at the summit of a challenging hill. One of my favorite features is the labyrinth in the photo. In a way, I have come to see the time I’ve spent on this path as the first steps of the exciting journey that is about to unfold.