traveling has always been something I have deeply loved. ever since I was a little girl, my parents have tried to take us to as many places as possible; to experience the culture, the food, and the art. but most of all, to create memories. if I ever had to chose between a memory or a physical thing, it would always be the memory, because I have made so many incredible ones traveling. I truly believe travel, especially international, is vital to being a full you. There are some people who never have the urge, or passion to travel outside of their comfort zone, and that is perfectly fine. but what I have learned from my experience, is that the places that we travel to that are different from what we are used to, change us the most. This was my first time traveling abroad by myself, but I have been to Europe twice before with my family. however, traveling alone was a lot different. While I was abroad, I learned a lot about myself. I think the most shocking thing I learned about myself was that I really do love independence. I don’t need to be with someone all the time, and I don’t need to always have someone to talk to, or sit by. I wouldn’t consider myself an introvert all the time, or an extrovert all the time, but I think I’m kind of in the middle. I feel like a lot of people feel like they can never be seen alone, or be alone, but to be honest, I really enjoy the independence of being able to do things on my own, and that is something I have really noticed about myself on this trip. and I think I have really grown up and matured in this sense. I cant wait until I can study abroad again and be able to travel and explore things on my own and meet more amazing people.
For our prompt for our last blog, we were suppose to pick a word that resembled a way we grew on this trip. for me, I think that word was, love to learn. Although I have grown in my understanding for different cultures and travel, as well as passion, those are things I believe I already had a bit of because I have traveled. I love understanding different cultures. A lot of people quickly assume and say stuff such as, “that’s so weird, we don’t do that”. But that’s one thing I’ve tried really hard not to do while traveling. Just because something is different in a different culture from the way we do it, doesn’t mean it’s weird, its simply different, and I think we should absorb that. as for passion, I think I have developed an even deeper passion for traveling, art, and writing. I have always loved writing, and continue to blog and journal normally outside of this trip, but this trip really inspired me to write even more. traveling to new places always does. but more than these things, on this trip I grew in my love for learning. The opportunity to be able to study in another country was hands down ineffable to even describe. there was something special about being able to go to a museum in Florence, or Rome, and have all your friends around you, along with an absolutely spectacular professor. he brought the art to life; and I don’t say that with any exaggeration. He made the art interesting, and related it to topics that were fascinating. He related it to the culture and how it effected us today; it was amazing. I have always loved school, and learning, but this trip just really broadened that. my love for learning, abroad, has especially skyrocketed, and I cannot wait to study abroad again.
as a global engagement fellow, I have to study abroad for at least a semester somewhere next but I would love to do a year. I know it may be crazy, but when are we going to get this chance again? when are you going to be able to spend a year of your life, studying what you love, in a foreign country where you can explore, learn and grow? it’s so special, and I really think it is important to take advantage of these opportunities. I cannot wait to come back to Europe, and I hope to travel to even more unique areas such as Asia, and Africa. I feel incredibly fortunate and blessed to have been selected to go on this trip, and I know I will forever look back on it as an experience of a lifetime. so with that, I hope you enjoyed some of my blogs. Thanks for reading!