It seems bizarre that one of the first posts I wrote on this site was about my decision to apply to study abroad, and now I am writing about getting my acceptance letter. I am going to England for 3 months. Europe. American girl. An ocean between my family, my friends, and me.
Um. Cue alarm bells.
Of course, I am scared. Who wouldn’t be? I am going to a foreign country for 3 months to live and study…on my own. I’m not going to say that I am not nervous. I’m not going to pretend like I don’t think it would be easier to just stay in the same place and go back to the same school with the same people. I won’t – because that would be a lie.
I won’t pretend like I am not entirely psyched. I am going to Europe! I’ve only been dreaming of this for my entire life. As a kid, I grew up with pictures of the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben on my wall. As a teenager, I got European guide books from the library, and I would read them, pretending like I was boarding a flight the next day, learning all the do’s and don’ts of international travel.
So, yeah. I’m scared, but I’m also excited too. Good things can only come if you pursue them, and here I am, pursuing new things and new adventures. I’ll be leaving in mid-September and won’t be back to the US until mid-December.
I can’t wait to experience Europe, but more importantly, I can’t wait to share my adventures with all of you. I can already tell there will be many cheesy tourist pictures, posts about how I never want to come home, posts about how I want to go home right now, and Boots, Topshop, and Lush hauls in my blogging future. I’ll keep you guys updated as I get ready for my trip, and I’ll definitely have a lot to post about while overseas.
Have you ever studied abroad? Any tips?