New Year, New Activities

Josie B. is currently a junior at SYA Spain and a blogger for the Campus Reporter program. She comes to SYA from Lakeside School in Washington.

Happy New Year! My holidays were great. I got to celebrate with (and get presents from) BOTH of my families. Before I left for Cabo to see my Seattle family, my Zaragoza family had a fun dinner, tree-decorating, and gift exchange to celebrate the holidays. I sadly kissed them goodbye on the 21st and am now writing this on January 7th, flying back home (to Zaragoza). It was wonderful to see my Seattle family, but I could not be more excited for my next semester in Spain full of family time, skiing, school, travel and soccer.

I have played soccer seriously for most of my life, and that didn’t change when I came to Zaragoza. I am on an incredible team with amazing girls, but I am bummed that soccer takes up most of my free time because I haven’t had the chance to try any of the other awesome activities that my peers do. I have friends playing field hockey, ice hockey, volleyball, baseball, basketball, dancing, running and more. Most of the students who don’t play a sport get their exercise at VivaGym, a gym by school to which membership is usually fully covered by SYA.

 Aside from athletics, there are private music and singing lessons, a traditional Spanish cooking class in which the kids learn to make and identify Spanish dishes, a dance class that offers almost any style of dance you can imagine- hip hop, salsa, contemporary, lyrical, etc., an art class in which the kids experiment with a range of techniques from drawing to painting to pottery and much more. 

I do get to partake in some of the student-led clubs at SYA, but I wish I could do more. The clubs this year include Birthday Club, making sure student birthdays don’t go uncelebrated, Anuario, the yearbook club, Club Verde (“Green Club”) which raises issues about the environment and helps keep our campus green, Chess Club, Photography Club, Feminism Club, Writing Club, Soccer Club, and Political Club. These are just some examples- there are about 26 total student-led clubs.

I love the commitment I make to soccer, but I feel like I’m missing out on some of the cool, unique activities that my classmates love to do every week. So, my new year’s resolution this year is to make it to as many meetings/sessions/classes of the activities that my friends are participating in and leading as I can. It will make for a good time and an interesting experiment… who knows, maybe I’ll find out that my true passion is contemporary Spanish dance.

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