Hi! My name is Raeza (he/him), and I studied abroad in Spain with the UF in Valencia program as a rising sophomore in Summer 2019. I decided to study Spanish Language & Culture in Spain because of my desire to speak Spanish. My father is fluent in Spanish but I never really had the opportunity to learn, so I wanted to go to a place where I could practice everyday and really improve my language skills. UF in Valencia is a program that fit the bill and opened my eyes to much more. My time abroad influenced me so greatly that after graduation I'll be packing my things up and heading back to Spain. I loved every aspect of my program and the only regret I had was not staying longer, but I'll soon be making up for that. While Gainesville is a great place to be and there is much to experience and learn here, nothing can compare to the things you'll learn about the world and yourself while studying abroad. I'll always cherish the time I spent with my homestay family, the city-wide Valencia CF watch parties, and the connections I made with people along the way.