Marissa Frabman

Marissa Frabman

Class of 2018, Public Policy, Economics
Markets and Management Studies Certificate
Duke in Madrid

  • Marissa exploring el Plaza Mayor in Madrid, during one of her first days in the city.
Marissa exploring el Plaza Mayor in Madrid, during one of her first days in the city.

Marissa Farbman (’18) is majoring in Public Policy Studies, receiving a certificate in Markets & Management Studies and a minor in Economics. In the fall of her junior year, she participated in the Duke in Madrid-Intermediate Track. Here, Marissa shares some of her experiences living with a homestay family and taking classes at a Spanish university, as well as some bigger lessons she learned during her time in Europe. 

 

On why she chose the Duke in Madrid-Intermediate Track… 

“I ultimately chose my program because I wanted to increase my ability to speak in Spanish while also getting the opportunity to live with a host family. I loved that the program placed me with a family in the heart of Madrid – a city full of art museums, extensive, well-preserved history, and beautiful parks. I thought the program would offer a nice balance of language classes as well as economics classes that would count toward my minor.” 

Marissa and her class at an olive oil tasting.
Marissa and her class at an olive oil tasting.

On how living and studying Madrid changed her life perspective… 

“One of the biggest takeaways I learned from my program came from living with my homestay family. I was inspired by the Spanish custom of spending time with one’s family at home, cooking fresh dishes together and sitting down to enjoy a meal without the distraction of one’s phone, computer or television. Since I have returned from Madrid, I’ve made it a point to have more face-to-face conversations over meals with my friends. I’ve noticed that at Duke, many people grab lunch to ‘catch up’ but end up sending emails and studying for classes as they talk. After Madrid, I’ve learned to shut my laptop, put away my phone and really immerse myself in the conversation. On a similar note, I’ve also noticed that I spend less time on my phone, since in Madrid I had limited cell service. I loved that while I was on the bus or riding the metro in Madrid, I was much more observant of my surroundings. I’ve tried to emulate that level of astuteness while back at Duke.” 

Traditional Galician food that the program provided for its students during their communal trip to Santiago de Compostela.
Traditional Galician food that the program provided for its students during their communal trip to Santiago de Compostela.

On what surprised her about the program… 

“I was surprised by the rigor of my program, which really helped me rapidly improve my Spanish. I essentially took Spanish 204 – a semester-long course offered at Duke – in two months. I loved that my intermediate program had just seven people in my Spanish classes, since it allowed me to build strong relationships with my peers. I was also pleasantly surprised by the number of Spanish friends I made over the course of the semester, during my classes at Universidad Carlos III. On another note, I was very pleased by how accommodating my homestay family was: they prepared delicious food, put a lot of energy into bonding with my roommate and me, and constantly were cracking jokes and recommending things to do in Madrid.” 

 

Marissa on a hike with Spanish students from Carlos III in the mountains outside of Madrid.
Marissa on a hike with Spanish students from Carlos III in the mountains outside of Madrid.

On what skills she developed/improved while abroad… 

“I arrived in Madrid extremely tentative whenever I held a conversation in Spanish. Four months later, I became much more comfortable speaking in Spanish, whether with my host family, in a class with Spanish professors or at a restaurant when ordering jamón. I also really sharpened my cooking skills thanks to the food theme of the intermediate program. I took several cooking classes as part of the program where I baked bread, learned to prepare traditional tapas dishes, made paella and Tortilla Española, and tasted olive oils. Additionally, my financial knowledge really improved thanks to the economics classes I took at the local university. I found it particularly fascinating to learn about economics from the viewpoint of the European Central Bank rather than the U.S. Federal Reserve.” 

Bread that Marissa and other participants in the intermediate program baked as part of their studies.
Bread that Marissa and other participants in the intermediate program baked as part of their studies.

On how her study away experience plays into her future… 

“I consistently spoke about my time spent in Madrid both when applying to internships and when applying to full-time jobs my senior fall. In job interviews, I frequently mentioned how I had to overcome language barriers when abroad, which greatly developed my communications skills. Thanks to my wonderful time in Madrid, I know that my semester abroad will not be the last time I live in a foreign country.”

Programs Featured:

Duke in Madrid-Intermediate Track

 

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