It is almost that time. My suitcases are (mostly) packed, and all of my important documents are in one, sacred folder. Tomorrow morning, I will board a plane with my family and arrive in Venice, Italy. We will travel around Italy for two weeks together. On the 21st of July, I will leave them and finally arrive for my program in London, England. While I am excited to travel around Italy, I am incredibly antsy to arrive in the U.K.!
I have lived in the same city all of my life. I opted for an in-state college, with in-state tuition. In doing so, I promised myself that I would study abroad sometime during my college career, and that time is finally here. I picked London, England for two reasons:
- I am an English major with a concentration in British literature. From Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens and Tolkien, I love it all. Therefore, it only seemed appropriate that I should spend time in the country that gave the world wonderful works of literature.
- The opportunity to be in London during the Olympics! What an exciting time for this city. I am hoping my time there can include an Olympic event. I am so excited to be there during the Olympic games, and am certain that it will add a special element to my time abroad.
I hope that in keeping this blog, I can do justice to London and all the city has to offer. I also am excited to share my time with friends, family, and other readers. My goal for the trip is simple: to completely throw myself fully into the experience. When we look back on life, we really do not remember every day occurrences, etc. However, we often grow and truly live the most when we are out there, taking risks, investing ourselves, and learning something new every day. Studying abroad will take me out of my comfort zone, and will encourage me to grow as a person, while seeing more of the world in the process! I am excited to have the opportunity to share this journey on the ISA Student Study Abroad Blog. The next time I post, I will be in London… all for now!