A Gem of All Cities: Alicante, Spain

By Jason Kim

duke in alicante students

I have spent the last six weeks in an intensive Spanish program in Alicante and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. This city is a gem of all cities.

One memory from this program in particular that will always stick with me is when my host mom complimented me on how much my Spanish had developed. I can still remember how nervous I was walking into her small apartment, stuttering between every word of Spanish I thought I knew, and that is really what this program entitles – the ability to learn Spanish to an extent to where it is comfortable and natural and I feel like I have gotten near that level.

In addition, living in a city with such culture and tradition like Alicante, it also has really opened my eyes to be more culturally aware of all things old and new. I hope to return back to the United States with more of an open-mind and the mindset to just be happy and enjoy life because that is what it seemed like every person of Alicante embodied.

I want to end my post by just saying that everyone should try and live with some discomfort at times. Being in uncomfortable situations often forces you to go beyond what you would typically do and allows you to really expand your horizons. Go to that country abroad. Struggle through and master that language. Become immersed in other cultures. Be uncomfortable.

Jason Kim
Biology, Class of 2020
Duke in Alicante
Summer 2018

 

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