Are you wondering what a day in the life of a UNH student looks like? Welcome back to our Day in the Life of a UNH Wildcat blog series, where we put the spotlight on students from different academic majors and class years.
Today, we travel to Alicante, Spain with Adrian Sutton '24, a business administration major. From class at the University of Alicante, to the mid-day siesta, to paella and gelato for dinner, follow along on a day in Alicante, Spain!
Meet Adrian Sutton '24
Studying Abroad in: Alicante, Spain
Hometown: Rochester, NH
Business Administration (Focus in International Business & Economics, Minor in Communication)
I wake up in my apartment in Alicante, Spain and begin getting ready to head to school. My morning routine consists of checking my email and making breakfast and a smoothie before heading out the door to catch the tram.
I head to the local tram stop in the city center of Alicante, Plaza Los Luceros. This ride typically takes about 25 minutes and brings us under the Castle of Santa Barbara.
I arrive at the University of Alicante and head directly to Polideportivo UA, which is the university’s sports center that includes a track, swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields and a gym. I typically use the gym prior to class.
It is now time to head to my Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union class where I will learn about how the EU plays a role in the lives of its 27 member countries.
Once class ends, I head to the one of the many cafeterias on campus and grab lunch. This is one of my favorite parts of the day, as it allows me to get a sense of what students typically eat while at school and it allows me to practice my Spanish.
I arrive back at my apartment just in time for siesta. In Spain, this usually spans from 2-5 p.m. and is when many people take a break and eat lunch. For me, I use this time to escape the heat and finish any homework I may have before taking a quick nap or watching TV.
Once it cools down, I head back outside and use this time to explore more of the city or take the chance to try out something new. While out, I typically explore different grocery stores and try a new snack while waiting for dinner time as dinner happens much later here.
I head back to my apartment and either get groceries on the way back or begin getting ready to find a new restaurant with some friends that are also in the program.
The sun is finally setting, and it is now dinner time. The city of Alicante is filled with many very delicious restaurants so picking one is usually tough. Tonight we will be going to a local favorite to try paella, a famous Spanish dish that originated in the Valencian region of Spain.
On our way back to the apartment we find a local gelato stand to top off dinner. As we eat this, we take a walk around the lively streets to get some more fresh air before heading back inside.
I begin getting ready for bed and throw on a Netflix show to help me relax before it’s time to go to sleep. To improve my Spanish, I listen to the show with Spanish subtitles. After an episode, it is finally time for bed.
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