Ruth Samuel

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Media and Journalism
Program: UNC in Sevilla
Location: Sevilla, Spain
Term: Spring 2019


In what ways do you feel that you learned and grew during your global experience? Could you share a particular memory from your time abroad where you learned something important about yourself or your host culture?

I learned a lot about myself — how much I value my autonomy & independence — my love for travel, and the nuanced experience of being a Black woman abroad. Spending a semester in Sevilla, Spain certainly stretched me, but there are lasting memories I'll never forget: going to London Fashion Week, riding camels in Morocco, watching the Madrid Open live, and more.


What are your life plans after UNC Graduation?

After graduating from Carolina, I'll be working at the Los Angeles Times as a summer arts & entertainment reporting intern. Currently, I'm waiting to hear back about a nine-month fellowship that begins in September — fingers crossed!


How do you think studying abroad prepared for you for your next steps post graduation?

Though a journalism major, I minored in Hispanic Studies, which motivated me to study abroad and complete the degree. Since my introduction to Spanish in middle school, I always knew I wanted an immersive global experience and to achieve fluency. Learning Spanish & living abroad has been so fundamental to me as I report on & engage with diverse Spanish-speaking communities.


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