First week of school
So far I have been loving my classes!! It was a bit hard to get back into the school mode after being off for only a month but its not so bad. The University of Alicante is absolutely gorgeous. It is fairly large...around 30,000 students. Quite a bit larger than my little Tech. It was hard to find my way at first but I got it down now. It is so green with beautiful trees and flowers and little fountains all over the place. It used to be a military base until 30 years ago when they stopped using it. All the buildings are very short and painted white. It gets pretty hot just baking in the sun during my walks between classes but i love it.
I am taking three classes which adds up to six credits. My spanish composition 1 class is a little above intermediate but not quite advanced. This is my intensive language class and it meets mon-fri 9:15-11. We do a lot of different things like readings, vocabulary exercises, and we have to write a number of short papers. I also have an oral skills class for an hour every
The building that houses the USAC office
day which is a complement to this. We work on our grammar and conversation skills. I am also taking a contemporary art class in which we learn about spanish artist from the 20th century. This only meets tues and thurs.
All in all my workload hasn't been too bad. The teachers are all so friendly and helpful. They speak slow and clear and really want us to get the best out of our classes. My classes only contain other american students in the program which is anywhere from 5-8. I already feel like my spanish is improving. I am very impressed with the USAC program and how the classes have been going so far. I feel that I have discovered a good way to balance school with still having fun. I still have been to the beach everyday this week!
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