Conversations on Studying Abroad

Andrew McKenzie

Andrew McKenzie is a Marketing major from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to study and intern abroad in Barcelona, Spain. When he’s not studying, he hopes to be exploring the city, absorbing the local culture, and enjoying all that Spain has to offer.

Recent Posts

Reflecting on a Unique Semester in Barcelona

Jun 22, 2021 10:02:00 AM / by Andrew McKenzie

In his last post as a CAPA blogger, Andy wraps up his time in Barcelona with some reflection about this once-in-a-lifetime experience. He talks about fully appreciating his host city, learning something new every day, balancing academics, and building lifelong friendships. He also shares what he's most appreciative and proud of after studying and interning abroad.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture

History, Culture, and Outdoor Adventures: A Weekend in Catalonia

May 19, 2021 9:30:00 AM / by Andrew McKenzie

From visiting the Penedes Region to trekking around Montserrat, Andy tells us about his adventures and how that bonded him and his study abroad friends for life. As his semester winds down, Andy is taking in more of the culture and country at a different pace while reflecting on time with his roommates and coworkers.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture

My Top 10 Foods in Barcelona

Apr 19, 2021 10:10:00 AM / by Andrew McKenzie

In today's post, Andy lists some of the tantalizing dishes from Barcelona, Spain! From freshly-squeezed orange juice to baby octopus and empanadas, you'll see how these foods represent Barcelona's unique geographical touchpoint. Feel free to savor this list with every scroll!

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture

Managing My Time While Studying Abroad

Apr 1, 2021 1:45:00 PM / by Andrew McKenzie

Find out how Andy overcame his initial struggle with time management in a completely new environment. With classes, internship, and daily responsibilities on his plate, he sorted out a routine that works on all fronts. Andy also shares the work he's done at his internship and an exciting marketing project he'll be a part of in class!

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Posted in: Internships Abroad, Barcelona, Spain

Observing Tension in Barcelona

Mar 22, 2021 9:48:00 AM / by Andrew McKenzie

In this week's post, Andy talks about experiencing life in Barcelona and the countryside away from the city center. He also opens up about witnessing locals express their views through protests and how the situation has been reminiscent of things back home in Minneapolis, while drawing parallels between the freedom of speech in Spain and the US.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture

Where I'm Living in Barcelona

Mar 11, 2021 9:22:00 AM / by Andrew McKenzie

This week, our Barcelona student blogger Andy shows us where he's living this semester, introduces his roommates, and shares what he and his roommates have been cooking for each other in their apartment.

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Posted in: Accommodation Abroad, Barcelona, Spain

Week 2: Adapting to Life in Barcelona

Mar 2, 2021 9:47:00 AM / by Andrew McKenzie

Our Barcelona student blogger Andy checks in with us on how his week abroad is coming along. After spending time getting used to the lay of the land in Barcelona, he tells us more about navigating the transit system and exploring cultural and tourist sites there. Andy also gives us a quick update on his internship with Barcelona Metropolitan Magazine.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture

Preparing to Study Abroad During a Pandemic

Feb 17, 2021 10:02:00 AM / by Andrew McKenzie

Our spring 2021 CAPA blogger Andy McKenzie believes that his study abroad semester in Barcelona will be an experience of a lifetime! Check out how this University of Minnesota student will be preparing for this once-in-a-lifetime journey with a positive attitude, open mind, and realistic expectations.

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Posted in: Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Barcelona, Spain

Meet Andrew McKenzie: Official CAPA Barcelona Blogger Spring 2021

Jan 19, 2021 12:16:00 PM / by Andrew McKenzie

Meet Andrew McKenzie, an official CAPA blogger in Barcelona, Spain for Spring 2021:

University: University of Minnesota
Major:  Marketing
Study Abroad Location: Barcelona, Spain
Internship or volunteer placement: TBC

What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I’m very excited to immerse myself in the Spanish culture. I look forward to trying new foods, drinks, and experiences, all while making lifelong friendships along the way.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain


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