Universidad de Cantrabria, Spain, Summer II, 2018
One week away. I am equally excited and terrified to see what lies ahead. I suppose this is what everyone feels when they begin to take on a life goal. In one week I will be on an airplane, heading towards Spain to study Spanish in Santander for the next two months. I have never been out of the country before, I have never been on a plane for more than 3 hours, I have never had to use Spanish 24 hours day. This is completely out of my comfort zone and I have never been more exhilarated with the thrill of a new adventure.
My decision to study abroad actually happened about 4 years ago when I was a freshman at Western. My first Spanish class was the most fun class I had ever been in and I fell in love with the language, and with the process of learning it. From then on, I wanted to go abroad to learn more about the Spanish culture.
Although studying abroad has always been a dream of mine, it has taken me years to build up the courage to actually do it. I have made up excuses every year that have prevented me from taking the opportunity to go abroad. Whether it was not enough money, not enough Spanish classes, not enough time, my job, my family, you name it- I convinced myself that it was impossible to go. But this year was different. For whatever reason, I did not allow myself to make an excuse this time. It is my last chance to study abroad and I did not want it to pass me by. I knew I had enough time to save up the money, I knew I had unwavering positive support from my family and friends, I knew I have enough experience using Spanish, I knew the logistics were possible to solve. It was all in place; I had no more excuses. All it took was a leap of faith.
So, the next time you will hear from me, I will be in Spain, soaking in the culture and the language, and fulfilling a huge dream of mine!