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Adrianna Carter ’16, far right, and her friends frequently took advantage of Barcelona’s metro system to explore the city.

Senior Enjoys ‘Amazing’ Semester Abroad

09/23/15

Before she traveled to Barcelona, Spain, as a study abroad student over the last spring semester, Adrianna Carter ’16 of Pownal, Vt., had never been beyond this country’s borders. Now, she’s ready to tackle the world with a myriad of experiences with new people from a multitude of places.

“I’ve always known I wanted to go to a Spanish-speaking country to study abroad because I wanted to practice the language,” Carter explained. “I chose Barcelona because it’s by the sea, and I’ve never lived by the beach.”

She and two friends from MCLA decided they’d all go together, and the trio shared a flat with a Catalan couple who not only spoke Spanish with them, but cooked their meals, kept them informed of happenings in town and looked out for them.

“It was very beneficial. I learned a lot about a lot of things that I probably wouldn’t have learned if I hadn’t roomed with them. It ended up being an amazing experience,” Carter said.

At the University of Barcelona, she took courses such as those in human resources and management. “But the best part about being at the university was meeting so many people who have been all over the world,” Carter said. “I heard a lot of different dialects, and got to know people from different cultures and backgrounds. That was really interesting.”

A highlight of her experience included the opportunity to explore Barcelona.

“I took the metro system all the time and walked everywhere,” she said. “Everything you need is within walking distance – including stores, restaurants, and a bakery where they baked fresh bread.”

C:\fakepath\Adrianna in France crop.jpgBeyond Barcelona, Carter traveled throughout Spain, and to the south of France (see photo, right), as well as to Croatia, the Canary Islands and Italy, where she explored Rome, Capri and Pompeii.

“It opened my eyes to new sites and the rest of the world. School’s a big part of it, but I think I learned more about myself and where I want to be in the world,” she said.

A non-traditional student who took three years off from her studies after high school, Carter also is a transfer student from Berkshire Community College (BCC). At MCLA, she decided to major in interdisciplinary studies, and to focus on a combination of business, sociology and Spanish classes.

Although she’s not yet certain of the exact career path she’d like to take, “I’ve always dreamed of working for a place like the Four Seasons,” Carter said. “They’re a really great luxury resort company, and you can move up in the corporate world in different locations.”

Carter said the best parts of being an MCLA student are her advisers and professors.

“They are understanding and caring, and realistic and supportive. They really are there to look out for you and want to see you succeed. It’s a small school, so you get involved with activities, and you don’t get lost. You really feel like you’re a part of something.

“It’s a great public liberal arts school,” Carter continued. “You have people from all over that are studying all sorts of different things. Everybody’s really nice here: it’s easy to make friends, and the campus is in a beautiful setting. I’ve had a really great experience.”