My name is Emana Heldic and I am studying to become a social worker. My second year is now finished and I did my last half year aboard in the capital of Spain, Madrid. I studied in Universidad de Complutense Madrid(UCM). What made me go for this adventure was mostly me being tired of the same daily life here in Jönköping where I have lived for many years. I was searching for something new, a change. A change the would help me grow and develop as a person. Besides that, I would say that I am an outgoing person who likes to get in contact with new people, a new country, a new culture, anew language and yes… hablo un poco español. Being a person like this does not mean I was not nervous by my choice. I did everything I could do before my trip to feel prepared. I contacted the teachers from UCM, I had appointments with teachers from Jönköping University and I searched a lot on Google and Facebook about Madrid and the university, which made me a bit calmer.
I did not have an apartment before my arrive, because I was a bit skeptical about booking something through internet. Before I arrived to Spain I contacted a few organizations that I founded on internet. I emailed them and asked if I could see the rooms in real life before I made up my mind. Because of that I planned my trip to Madrid earlier than the university started. I left Sweden in the middle of January with my sister and a friend. The second day we went to some apartments and rooms with a company called Madrid Easy and I founded my room immediately. I was living with three awesome people from different countries. Our apartment was well located in an area called La Latina.
The university started in the end of January. I got all information about the date, the time and the location over an email from the host university. To study in Madrid was different than Sweden. Coming from a well-organized and structured country like Sweden to a bit more ”relaxed” country like Spain was different for me, but not a problem at all. It was a new experience that made me see and feel their culture. By saying this I do not mean that they were not professional. Of course, they were professional but in another way then we are used to in Sweden. My courses where in English which made it easier for me and more interesting to understand.