Evan

Evan

Spain
Spanish Education
  • a trans masculine student
  • As a trans masculine student, I had many worries about studying abroad. But, as a Spanish Education major, I knew I would benefit tremendously from an experience like this. While I was studying in Spain, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to explore who I was as a person away from the life that I had growing up. Since I only recently transitioned, I had a lot of fears about traveling and studying abroad alone with a different perceived gender. As it turns out, studying in Spain was a great experience because people in Europe are very accepting, and in many ways, don't have as strict of gender norms and identities. When I introduced myself, people just accepted who I was. Even my host parents, who were of the older generation, didn’t mind and never misgendered me. It was an amazing opportunity to travel, explore who I was, and meet people who didn’t know me before, so I could be whoever I wanted to be. Studying abroad helped me improve my language and communication skills in Spanish, taught me about a different culture with unique values and morals, and helped me gain the confidence I needed to become a better version of myself and become comfortable with who I am now. I definitely encourage UWL students to visit International Education & Engagement to find out about all the education abroad opportunities offered at UWL!