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Arya Alurkar

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Business
Program: Carolina Global Launch, University of Granada
Location: Granada, Spain
Term: Fall 2022


Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I was intrigued by the rich history of Granada, Spain and knew I wanted to study abroad sometime during college. The opportunity to do it first semester seemed like a great way to branch out and explore my interests so I could be more prepared to begin at UNC.


What did you learn about yourself?
I gained a large amount of confidence and independence. Living in a large city for the first time was frightening at first, but I quickly learned my way around and became comfortable walking the streets. Further, I learned to be self-sufficient, as my normal support system was across the world from me. I also learned a great deal of adaptability, having to adapt to different customs, laws, and cultural norms. The largest thing I learned about myself were my personal values. I was able to reflect on my values and beliefs and understand what is most important to me.


What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
I had a great experience meeting people from Spain and other countries at language exchanges organized by my program and university. I was often introduced to people who spoke very little English or Spanish, but we were still able to have meaningful conversations. Some of my closest friends in Spain spoke no English, yet we were able to form strong bonds despite the language barrier. Everyone I met had interesting stories and experiences to share, and we found ways to communicate and connect. I miss the friends I made in Spain dearly and hope to see them again someday.


What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Be open to new experiences and embrace the opportunity to learn and grow. Studying abroad can be a unique and rewarding experience, and it's important to stay open to trying new things and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Stay flexible and adaptable. Things may not always go as planned while you're abroad, but stay open to adjusting your plans as needed.


How do you identify?
Student of color