With two months left before I leave for my semester abroad in Ireland, I have started fully comprehend the adventure that is ahead of me. Studying abroad can be a pivotal point in a students college experience.
One of the things that attracted me to Linfield was the study abroad programs offered. I knew that I was going to study abroad, I just needed to pick a location. I am terrible with languages so I knew I needed an English speaking program. I have also always dreamed of traveling through Europe so that narrowed it down. As soon as I saw pictures of Ireland, I was sold.
As soon as I got my acceptance letter it hit me that I would be spending a semester in a foreign country. I have never been outside of the United States and got my first passport earlier this year.
I am nervous about navigating the streets of Ireland, going grocery shopping for myself and the small differences that are no doubt going to stand out to me as soon as I get there. Although I am apprehensive about some parts of going abroad, I am also excited to experience a different culture.
Everyone I have ever talked to says that it is a life changing experience and when else am I going to get the chance to live in a foreign country for five months? Traveling has been something I have always been passionate about and I am excited to do it on a global scale.
Check out the video below to learn about what they are most excited for and what they are nervous about!