Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Year, New Me, New Country?

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"As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it's inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are."

I found that quote on Pinterest, which didn't give any attribution. If you know who said it, comment below!

On the bulletin board in the upstairs hallway at my sorority house, all of the girls I live with have pinned up their new year's resolutions scrawled on scrap paper. There's a wide variety of goals for 2015 - "get better grades" is featured twice, as is "become a better decision-maker." My new years resolution on the bulletin board says "To take risks. And to take more time for myself."

Traveling alone is a risk. Leaving the comfort of my college bubble will be a risk. Not knowing who I will live with when I return to Virginia, not knowing a foreign language, taking a chance on a long-distance relationship... These are all risks that are heading my way in 2015. I've decided to study abroad. I want to see how capable I am. Regain independence. Push myself away from familiarity.

I am in the process of working on my application to attend the University of Salzburg in Austria for the fall semester of 2015 (No, I don't speak German). I simply cannot pass up an opportunity to grow and experience the trip of a lifetime when it is sitting right in front of me. Like creating a blog, studying abroad is something that's been floating around in my mind for a while now, and trust me -- it is beyond liberating to finally pull the trigger on my "maybes".

1 comment:

  1. Weather it is Austria or somewhere else, you are right to take the risk! Your life will change for ever in the best way possible. Go for it! You will never regret the decision to travel or even better to live abroad. Be a citizen of the world, rely on yourself, make things happen that most people can hardly dream of. Your courage will be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams! Cheers to YOU!