With only three months left in my study abroad experience it is finally dawning on me that I soon will be leaving the beautiful coastal town of St Andrews, Scotland that I have called home for so long. It is crazy to think that next year I won’t be able to walk by the beach on my way to class! This year has truly been a life changing experience. To think that I was so reluctant to take the plunge and study abroad for the full year. Last spring at the end of my sophomore year I reluctantly handed in my study abroad application. In the weeks that followed I was consumed with an overwhelming uncertainty as to whether or not study abroad was for me. I met with the St Andrews study abroad advisor.I met with my parents. I met with my sister. I even met with my home parish priest. With each meeting I hoped that someone would make the decision for me and tell me whether or not I should study abroad. After all these endless meetings I realized that this was a decision only I could make. So, even though I was scared of leaving my home for the full year I decided to do it anyways. I realized that being scared was probably a good thing, because it meant that I was pushing myself way outside my comfort zone. I knew I would eventually have to get out of my comfort zone if I ever wanted to grow. As I sit here writing this post six months into my study abroad experience I can honestly say that I could not be happier with my decision. St Andrews truly does feel like home.
Until Next Time!
Above is a picture of the view from my International Relations Lecture.
Above is the view of the beach on my way to class. I’m really going to miss this!