I have officially stepped out of my comfort zone. Growing up I’ve always imagined and dreamed of traveling to places, especially outside of the country. On my bucket list, it ranged from visiting all 50 states to visiting Italy, Australia, and many other inviting and touristy places that many people don’t get the chance to go to in their lifetimes. As a triple major, two of them being sciences, I was sure traveling abroad was most definitely not an option at all for me just from assumption and preconceived notions of having to possibly stay an extra semester or year, which was not all too inviting considered I started as an out-of-state student and that tuition is not cheap. I must say I was very relieved, and am still quite in shock that I am leaving for Athens, Greece in less than 24 hours. I’m usually one to do things as soon as possible and have everything prepared, but for this moment I stalled and waited to the last minute for everything, really for the purpose of not wanting to get my hopes up if something happened. I know, I know, this wasn’t the best outlook on the situation, but it is often a reality for science majors, and students as a whole, where life (aka academics and/or financial support) just happens, or in this case doesn’t happen.
Thankfully though, everything worked out and with the support from both my school affiliations, Douglass Residential College and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences scholarships and funding, I only had to pay a mere 20$ for this trip and for my plane ticket of course.
Over the past two years, struggling in academics has been a reality for me that I never experienced before. Through academics, friendships and relationships both lost and gained, countless and stressful experiences and opportunities, I have finally made it to my senior year, and although college is not quite yet over, I truly consider this a significant time in my life and a new book (chapter to me is an understatement in this circumstance) that I am ready to delve into. I’m very excited, anxious, and scared for what is to come of these next two weeks in Athens, Greece. I’m ready to learn a different way of life that will most likely impact my outlook on nutrition, education, and lifestyle for the rest of my life.
Throughout college, my health has been something that I have truly struggled with. Along with the “Freshman 15” (more like 25), came sleepless nights, stressful times, and anxiety just about everything, Looking into and learning more about a lifestyle that has been impacted a population to exceed the average lifespan, will be a grand and worthwhile opportunity that is not all too common, especially when along side the coursework will cooking classes, wine tasting, and endless historical sightseeing adventures. I would also like to take this time to really unplug myself from my electronics (besides my camera of course) and social media platforms that have been wonderful and enjoyable at times, but more so an obvious distraction in many ways. I’m looking forward to opening my eyes to things past my screens of my technology.
This is a toast, ::holds up imaginary wine glass:: to new beginnings, new lifestyle habits, and an adventure waiting to be explored. This is also a toast of perseverance, determination, and drive, that I have made it to my senior year and to the endless opportunities in the future.
Cheers! Athens, Greece I’m coming for you!