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Settling into Spanish life

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AbiH

Hello everyone!

When I first moved to Spain, I was really worried about settling in. This covered pretty much everything about being away from home, to settling into my new working environment at the school to settling into the local area. Now I've been here for almost a month, I don't know why I was worried at all.

In my first post, I talked about how I was the least confident person you could have met when I first started uni, but being given the opportunity to spend 8 months in a different country whilst doing something I love has really helped my confidence develop. Last week my tutor from university came to the school, to see how I was getting on, to find out about the school and to observe some of my lessons. Surprisingly the visit went really well, it couldn't have gone much better to be honest. He said that he can notice a difference in my confidence already, and I was so happy to hear someone other than a family member say that. After all the worrying before I started, it finally feels like this whole experience really is benefiting me in a lot more ways than just developing my Spanish. 

With regard to settling in, to both the area and the school, it has been incredibly easy. The staff at the school have been so incredibly welcoming and have helped me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. The school that I'm working in is a billingual school and so they specialise in teaching English. Luckily for me, this means that I can really be of use during most classes throughout the week. The students at the school are all so lovely, and although their behaviour and attitude towards school is a lot different to students in England, I have been loving working with every single one of them. I've been lucky enough to be able to get to know some of the students really well, as I have 9 private English classes a week. Not only does this help to develop my language and confidence skills, it also helps to pay towards my living costs and any unexpected costs (which I unfortunately had to pay out for last month). 

So far, my year abroad is by far the best experience of my life. I've met some amazing people and I'm living in a beautiful country for another 7 months and I absolutely cannot wait to travel to other parts of Spain so as to expand my knowledge of Spanish society and culture.

If there is one thing I want you to take from this post, it is to take every opportunity that is given to you. No matter how anxious you may feel about it, there will always be someone there to help you along the way. For me, that is my amazing family and the wonderful people I have met at the school. If you are lucky enough to get the chance to have a year abroad or even just the opportunity to spend time abroad, do it! I am so happy that I am being able to experience life in another country first-hand, and I would definitely not change a thing.

Discussion

Do you agree with AbiH's advice that you should take every opportunity given to you? 

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Manaly 27 July, 2016 - 16:27

I totally agree with the writer. We should take each opportunity and live the adventure no matter what. If you don't take you will regret it. And if it is go wrong be happy with your failure. All of us should learn from our choices and mistakes because this is the only way that will make us better in decision !!

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Ken 28 July, 2016 - 03:31

Hey Manaly, you look very positive and optimist, don't you! Being positive is great; I should be careful not to give in to others...
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Ken 16 November, 2015 - 11:51

Oh, you seem to be smart, ginag?!
And IMO, everything seems to have its limitation without cooperation act with a strong partner…!!? ;)

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gianggiang 17 November, 2015 - 10:59

haha....If you were the Moon, I would be the Sun. The Moon and the Sun never appear at the same time. Our opinions are opposite. I think that when we work with a strong partner, everything will become easier but when we totally independent, we will discover many great things. We are powerful and smart when we are alone !
Anyway, I always respect opinions which are opposite with my opinions. You know, development and renovation are only created by struggles and opposite ideas. Moonlight is a part of sunshine.

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Ken 18 November, 2015 - 10:24

haha... The Moon snd the Sun never appear at the same time? Fair enough, only if we see them from the Earth. In fact, the Sun and the Moon are always there but sometimes can't see each other because of the Earth! Originally we on this planet tend to see things with a bias. The Sun and the Moon have never been opposite, they just have different roles... I think.
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gianggiang 13 November, 2015 - 17:02

" You should take every opportunity given to you" . It is a good advice but I don't completely agree and the expression " No matter how anxious you may feel about it, there will always be someone there to help you along the way", my opinion is a bit opposite.
Firstly, before opportunities, I rarely feel anxious, I feel eager to face them. ( Anxiousness is the child of meticulousness and safety but it is the mother of failure ), we should be more adventurous !
Secondly, there won't always be someone there to help us - it is very fortunate to meet kind people, but it will be time for us to realise that we are utterly independent and only we can help ourselves, and as you know, our live are not a fairy tale, fairies don't appear all the time! However, life is a bow of cherries and life also has warm-hearted people and magic.
Finally, in my opinion, we shouldn't take every opportunity (and there is fact that we don't have ability to take all the chances.) Two years ago, I had the same view with the author, I took every chance given to me and tried my best but consequently, I fail because of a simple reason( a fever ruined all) I forgot that everything has its limitations, sometimes, we tend to concentrate on taking big chances without caring about small things. Therefore, according to me, we should take one, two or three opportunities and the
rest---> let it go ! Don't be greedy and don't regret ! ( Life has lots of challenges, chances and luck )
The author's advice is totally right ( for this article and for the topic above)

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