Application Mishap Places Study Abroad Hopeful At Barcelona Wine Bar
AbroadStudent Life February 21, 2023 The New England Classic
BARCELONA WINE BAR — An unfortunate application mistake has left Sca Terbrain (MCAS ’25) with a hostess job at Barcelona Wine Bar’s Cambridge Location instead of her dream of studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain.
Terbrain said that she never thought twice about the interview at the restaurant, believing that it was simply to confirm her eligibility for the abroad program. “I spent the whole time talking about my love for tapas while shoving my face with patatas bravas and sangria to show them my love for the culture. I was a little confused when she kept explaining that I wouldn’t be able to drink on the job… last time I checked, the drinking age is eighteen in Spain.”
We took a look at the Barcelona Wine Bar application questions to gauge just how easy it was to mix up the two. Questions included, “do you have any experience working in the restaurant industry or customer service?” and “how many hours do you want to work each week?” Terbrain said she just assumed they just wanted to know if she was into eating out and shopping. “Obviously, I have experience in the restaurant industry. I eat at Cafe Landwer like twice a month. I figured they just wanted to know if I’d adapt well to the Spanish lifestyle.”
The hiring manager at Barcelona Wine Bar told us that she was cautiously optimistic to hire someone who expressed such an interest in immersing herself in the culture of Spain to advance her education. “We were a little confused when she said she only wanted to work a couple of hours a week and said she didn’t think she would have a ton of time for school because she’d be busy traveling Europe,” the manager said.
At press time, Terbrain was submitting another study abroad application at “some cute school called Olive Garden in a quaint, Italian town called Dorchester.”