I’ll be leaving for Australia on Sunday, and I’m feeling so many different emotions about it! I’m getting more and more excited as my departure gets closer, and most of my worries have left by now. My parents will be coming with me for the first week because the semester doesn’t start until late February, so I think this will really help me to get settled in as smoothly as possible. I’ve never been outside of the country, or even on a plane for that matter, but that makes me all the more excited for this experience!
I certainly have my reservations and concerns, but I’ve been trying to think about a conversation I had with a friend (who is also going abroad to New Zealand) a couple of months ago. He asked me if I really wanted to leave Rutgers and the U.S., and I hesitantly said no; he followed by asking me if I was scared of leaving for the semester. Of course, I said yes, and he said “That’s why you need to go.” I’ve been trying to keep this in mind as the days get closer, and I can already tell it will be a transformative experience for me. As of right now, I’m mostly feeling like a child trying to sleep on Christmas Eve. I’m looking forward to the adventures I’ll have, and I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to study abroad!