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Taryn Tenkley

International Business

Whatcom Community College
Studied Abroad at BIC (now SIS)
Taryn is from Whatcom Community College, and studied with a Customized Program from WCCCSA during the Fall of 2015.

What are you up to these days? Have you graduated? Are you working? How did your experience in Barcelona have an impact on your life?

My time in Barcelona opened my eyes to the world around me in so many ways, and I have changed for the better during my time here.

If you were to sum up your Barcelona experience in one to two words, what would you say? My Barcelona Experience is…


Explain why you chose those words.

I am not very outgoing or spontaneous, but being in Barcelona has definitely helped me to come out of my shell and explore more and have so many new adventures.

If you had one perfect day in Barcelona where would you go, and what would you do?

I would go watch the sunrise at Park Guell (it’s free before 8 am and there are way less people), get a chocolate croissant and a café con leche, go into Sagrada Familia, have toothpick tapas on c/ Blai in Poble Sec, see the view from the top of the cathedral, have paella and sangria at a restaurant by the beach, then watch the sunset at the beach.

What was something you were surprised to learn about Barcelona or Spain? Or what aspect of the country or city were you least expecting?

I think Catalan independence is very interesting, and I knew nothing about it before coming here.

What is one piece of advice that you have for future students coming to Barcelona?

Don’t waste time doing things that you could be doing at home; even if you don’t feel like it, go out and explore the city because you will always find something new!

Why was Barcelona SAE the right program for you?

There were just enough activities included that I got to experience a lot of Barcelona and other parts of Spain without having to plan it all myself, but I also didn’t feel too overwhelmed with the amount of activities.