<p>Hi all! My name is Emma Ropski and I'm a senior sociology and psychology major at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. I am a middle distance runner on the track and field team there and love it to bits. My interests include the sociological imagination, thrifting, lifting, daytime judge shows, and gorditas. I am so excited to share my study abroad experience in Barcelona with you!</p>
Blogs by Emma Ropski
Final Blog: 40 Days Later
Nothing is exactly the same, including you. Where do we go from here?
And I felt Barcelona under my feet.
...But Wasn't It Thanksgiving Three Weeks Ago?
Success while abroad is not due to your personal efforts alone. Here is how others have helped me tremendously along the way.
Outside of My Contexts: My Firsts While Abroad
What being pulled away from what you’ve always known can do for you
Traveling Without Plans
I love plans. This weekend I had no plans. I love having no plans.
The Abroad Balancing Act
How many of the ten sides can you keep propped up at once? How time management and goals create the “typical” abroad experience
In an Alternative Universe, I Studied Abroad Differently
As they say, hindsight is always twenty-twenty. If Emma could go back in time, what would she do this time around?
English: A Global Language and a Spanish Learner's Crutch
Doing what’s familiar, comfortable, and easy isn’t always what’s best in the long run. A Spanish language student in Spain takes inspiration from English...
Un Día en la Vida: Part 2
Weekdays put the study in study abroad. Come check out what a day in the life of an IES Barcelona student is like. Part 2.
Un Día en la Vida: Part 1
Weekdays put the study in study abroad. Come check out what a day in the life of an IES Barcelona student is like. Part 1.
Trials and Triumphs
You´re not insulated from life while studying abroad! Sharing some lessons and blessin´s, valleys and hills, highs and lows.
¡Llegué! Hola, Barcelona, ¿Qué Tal?
My eyes have remained ever opened to take in the newness that Barcelona has to offer during this first week.
Unpacking Before You Pack
Are you missing something on your pre-departure to-do list? Let's get real and break down "I'm excited and nervous!"