Education Abroad

10373989_844446705612551_3373063601715068845_nIn a few short weeks, I will be embarking on my very first international educational experience at the University of Salamanca, Spain. I am all too excited for this wonderful opportunity, and one of the key tasks to accomplish before I leave is study about the area in which I will spend a little over a month in.

Let’s take moment to appreciate Salamanca, Spain and its fun facts. Did you know:

  • Salamanca is best known as being a University city; more than 36.000 people, which is nearly 20 percent of the population, are students and a great part of the inhabitants are either directly or indirectly related to the university.
  • The University of Salamanca is one of the most important universities in Spain, dating back to 1218 which makes it the third oldest university in Europe.
  • Spain is home to the world´s largest tomato fight: La Tomatina, celebrated every year in the city of Valencia.
  • The University of Salamanca is one of the important architectural feats in the city. The university building was built by the Emperor Alfonso IX in the year 1218. It is also Spain’s oldest university and has about 36,000 students.

This will be a life changing experience that will affect my perspective and outlook on life. Take the trip with me through each blog post, and explore this beautiful country with me!

Get out and #ExplORE

School is fun, and so are the daily distractions we undertake to take a break from courses. Some of this distractions include, but are not limited to: social media, video games, working out, and….the outdoors!

Yes, there is such a beautiful place right outside that door frame!

I am not from Oregon, so every time I explore the state’s beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls, it’s an adventure. I encourage you to do the same!

Here are a few photos from my adventures! It’s out there, waiting for you!

 

Queen of My Life

Written by: Jasmin Landa

A combination of words can inspire not one’s life, but the life of others. And in such, the combination of words that have inspired my steps forward are:

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“One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to happen in life. And with that, she realized the only control she had was how she choose to handle them.

So, she made the decision to survive using courage, humor, and grace. She was the Queen of her own life and the choice was hers.” ~ Queenism
The choice to move forward amongst the obstacles in life has empowered me. As cliche as it sounds, everything happens for a reason. A reason for today’s experiences-the days to come, and the months proceeding- I am unintentionally choosing to wake up and push past the emotions, feelings, and aching heart that life may bring. But simply, I am choosing to be happy.

I choose. And as the statement is possessive, it simply speaks to the control I have for my emotions and life. Because I am a person worth someone’s time. I am a woman who has built herself up from the bottom after being emotionally, mentally, and spiritually destroyed from the many pitfalls that life has brought. And as I choose to be happy, that also comes with choosing “to be”. To be what “I” want to be: happy, sad, angry, etc., but all in my decision, and not left up to the actions of another. I simply choose to be the Queen of my life.

It’s not just for college, but for life

Joining a student group can be a great way to enrich your college experience. One prominent organization that thousands have joined is Greek Life, an umbrella group for sororities and fraternities. There are 10 Greek organizations at PSU: sororities Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Kappa Delta Chi; and fraternities Kappa Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Omega Delta Phi, Alpha Kappa Psi and Alpha Phi Alpha.

IMG_4229 (1).JPGPersonally, I have grown to appreciate Greek Life and my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. I have found a group of women who support me in my endeavors, are there to hang out with me, cry with me, laugh with me and make memories with me — all while building lifelong connections.

Now, Greek Life may not be for everyone, but being a part of a student organization is definitely something I hope every college student incorporates into his or her college experience.

College, which starts out confusing but gradually makes more sense, is a time to find who you truly are. Find the people and student organizations that can assist you in finding your true identity.

The Stresses of School

Written by: Jasmin Landa

Although K-12 prepares students for college academically, I don’t feel that it entirely prepares us for the transition from high school to college. I was deeply overwhelmed my first year of college. I had packed my bags and left home to enter a life that would require me to be more responsible, independent and self-supportive. But then I went through many sleepless nights, stressful days and frustrating moments before I could truly embrace this new life and continue forward.

Now that I am a sophomore, I have found a system that works for me that alleviates stress, organizes my days, and guides me through the winding road to completing my degree.

For one, I live by Google Calendar. I input all that I will be doing throughout the week, and throughout the term. It keeps me organized, so when I wake up every morning, I pull out my calendar and I see what the day holds for me.

Second, I involve myself in extracurricular activities because it allows me to network with my peers who are going through similar stressors. By being connected, we can go through it together. Also, giving some of my time to things that are outside of classroom settings allows me to relax and de-stress myself.

College is a time to appreciate, learn, and explore. How are you keeping the stresses of college organized?

Fight and have faith

10373989_844446705612551_3373063601715068845_nWritten by: Jasmin Landa

I have no words, but I am still typing. I have failed, but I still have my strength to lift me back up.

Time and time again I have so much to be grateful for, but at times of weakness I find myself complaining or crying for something that might have been, was just right or was all that I ever wanted. But then I sit back and think, am I willing to fight for what I want? Yes. Will I fail again? Of course! And finally, how much am I willing to work for what I want?

Life isn’t easy, nor are the decision that we make. But just as time heals, repairs and builds a stronger self-portrait, it can only do that when you fight and have faith that all things meant to be will be. You cannot resist it, force it, nor make it be, but rather let it be.

So I am ready to fight, love and be a part of this journey we call life, because I have been given another day to appreciate the little things and love all those who enter my life just as they are. Are you ready for what this day will hold for you, your future and the dreams you strive for? Because I am!

Summer, you’re taking very long to get here!

10373989_844446705612551_3373063601715068845_nWritten By: Jasmin Landa

As slow as summer is approaching, so are my plans for that time-frame. But what I do know of my summer is that I will be spending a small portion of my time in a classroom.

Summer classes are a definite for my plans this summer not because I direly need the credits, but because I want a little cushion going into the next academic terms. And also, I am a double major and a double minor, and would like to graduate within four years. Summer session allows me to take courses that would otherwise be taken in a the regular academic terms, thus making my four-year degree goal possible.

For the most part, I want to keep my classes within the first three days of the week, allowing me to enjoy the summer weather, work a part-time job and enjoy a little bit of free-time before the school year begins.

Summer 2015 will be one to remember: My mind will be working hard in the classroom and I’ll be experiencing the wonderful adventures that summer will bring to me here in this beautiful city.