When I first started college, or even before then, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. It was just always something I wanted to do. I always wanted to see the world and learn about different cultures.
So, when I learned that an international experience was required for my major, I knew right away I wanted to study abroad instead of taking one of those short trips. That actually gave me the initiative to go ahead and do it, since I was not sure I was going to have the time. Also, I was a little wary of the process. I anticipated it would be long and quite difficult. But, the process was actually relatively easy since the Study Abroad Program was there to guide me through the whole process.
Of course, I was excited at the prospect of leaving the country for the first time! But, I was not anticipating the nervousness that came along with it. I was constantly transitioning from being excited to being nervous and also very scared at some points, but I knew that if I did not take this opportunity I would regret it for the rest of my life.
I don’t think I really had any expectations from the experience except to leave home with an open mind. I knew I was planning on traveling to at least a couple of other places while I was in Europe, but I didn’t really have any preconceived notions about leaving. However, I know that when I leave England I will miss all of the friends I have made, and I will cherish the experiences and all the places I have seen while here. I won’t take this experience for granted, and I am definitely coming back. — Stancia Harvey (Interdisciplinary Studies ’15)