Study Abroad in Spain Blog | Alcalá de Henares Liberal Arts | CIEE: December 2011

The CRUSA Residencies

Hello, my name is Hannah Foy and I am a student and participant of the CIEE program for the academic year here at the University of Alcalá. I am going to talk about my living situation; I am going to talk about my living situation; During my "year" that I am studying in Spain, I am living in the student residences of the university (usually Called CRUSA), a student campus where a lot of young people like myself live. Before arriving in Spain, I had the decision to live in the residences or with a family and, in the long run, I decided to live in the residencies for various reasons. The first reason was that during my first year in the university, I did not have the experience that was exactly what I wanted, and I thought that the residences in Spain could be the experience that I had missed out on the previous year. Before I moved into my residency, I thought that it was going to be like the one. Dorms in the United States, but in reality they are not very similar. My residence is more like an apartment or even like a house, and it is much more comfortable than a dorm building with a ton of other rooms like the ones that are in the United States, and I also think that the residency has a more intimate Atmosphere and all together feel, like a family. One of my friends from back home has compared the residency to the TV program "The Real World," because when I arrived, I knew that I was going to have roommates but I did not know who they would be!

The CRUSA residences

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During my "year" I am studying here in Spain, I am living in the university residences CRUSA, a student campus where many young people like me live. Before arriving in Spain, I had to make the decision whether to live in the residences or with a family I finally decided to live in the residences for several reasons. The first reason was that during my first year in college, I did not exactly have the experience that I had wanted, and because of that, I believed that living in the residences of Spain could be the experience I lacked last year. I also decided to live in university residences because I wanted to be with other people around my age.

Before moving to my residence, I thought I would be like the dorms in The US, but in reality they are not very similar. My residence is more like an apartment or house, and is much more comfortable than a many-bedroom building like the ones in the US, and I also believe that the residence has a more intimate, family-like feel. One of my American friends compared the residence to the "Real World" television show because when I arrived, I knew I was going to have housemates but did not know who they were.

At first, I was very nervous about To meet my new housemates because I did not know anything about them would they be nice, would they be my age ?, would they be dirty ?, bored ?, Americans ?, English ?, Africans ?, Chinese? Spaniards? Would they be normal people? I had many doubts and did not know what to expect, but imagine my surprise when I found out that one of my companions was a boy!

I really like residences and, finally, I'm very happy with my decision to live here. As I have never lived with a host family I can not compare much but I do believe that we who live in CRUSA have more independence and I also believe that we have more opportunities to meet young Spaniards with whom we can interact and also with whom we can go out to The barres of Alcalá. My housemates are some of my best friends I've done here in Spain, and in my opinion living in residences is a very good opportunity. So far I've loved my experience here!

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