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IsabelJunior Year StudentLoyola Marymount UniversityAs a Latina who studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, I felt more comfortable in my environment than many of my fellow students and was more able to relate to the people of Madrid because of my knowledge of the language. I would definitely say that my Hispanic background helped me become more quickly adjusted and immersed in my surroundings. Because there was a common language, I was able to navigate my way around Madrid more easily.
JanethJunior Year StudentLoyola Marymount UniversityIt depends on where exactly you would be studying abroad, but most of the time I still feel you may be seen as a foreigner. It really varies from person to person. Just the way you speak Spanish may set you apart, but I really do not see that as a problem. I studied in Madrid and people knew that I was not Spanish but it was never a problem rather it made people interested in my background. I think you need to realize that even as a Latino in a Hispanic country you may still be considered a foreigner and there is nothing wrong with that.