I am currently sitting at the Little Rock Airport waiting for my flight to board. I have a couple of minutes so I thought I would drop a line. No pictures today...more just a stream of conciousness. More so for me than anyone else so feel free to just skim this.
I cannot believe I am actually on my way to Strasbourg, France. This trip is two years in the making, as my parents were none to pleased when I announced at the end of freshman year that I wanted to travel abroad. Honestly, it has always been a dream of mine to live abroad, but because it took so long to actually organize and plan I never really thought this day would come.
And yet here it is. I do not really know how to describe what I am feeling right now. I think it is a good mix of anticipation, nerves, and excitement. I know just how fortunate I am to get this opportunity. Furthermore, I am completely aware that this is a once and a lifetime experience.
Although I have no idea what I am walking into, from the other students in the program, to the host family, and the classes, I am surprisingly not scared.
Moving to Syracuse from Little Rock was a leap of faith, relocating to D.C. took me out of my comfort zone, and surely Strasbourg will change me in ways that I cannot even fathom at this point.
It is amazing to reflect on how far my journey has taken me up to this point. When I was a little girl, I was not even able to spend the night at a friends house without getting homesick. Every single time I tried to spend the night out my parents would have to come take me home. Yet now, I am completely exhilirated to be going across the world by myself.
At this point there is nothing holding me back except myself. And for the next 6 weeks, I refuse to let that be an excuse for anything. Each day will surely hold a new and unexpected adventure.
This is truly unbelievable. I don't think it will really hit me that I am living abroad until I am settled in with my host family.
Au Revoir et souhaitez moi bonne chance!! (Wish me luck!)