Two years ago, when I was applying to Roger Williams University and twelve other colleges/universities, one of the most important things that either made or broke my decision instantly was whether or not the school encouraged studying abroad and had a solid program to do so. Roger Williams had all of that, making this school even more appealing to me. I was convinced that sometime in my junior year I would be hopping on a jet plane to study somewhere foreign for a few months. However, it now may be happening sooner than expected… so I decided to blog about it.
After putting a lot of thought into what I want to do when I graduate, and what I hope to achieve within the four years I’m attending Roger Williams University, I determined that if I am to ever go abroad it would only be realistic for me to leave during the second semester of my sophomore year. Well, that’s three months from now and my application is due today.
I have always known that I either wanted to go to London, England or anywhere on the east coast of Australia, so then I had decide where I wanted to go more. After spending what seemed like forever debating the issue, it became certain to me that London was the one place where I could see myself living for four to five months. Of course, I made this decision a week before the application was due but I guess it’s better late than never, right? Yet here I am, with a completed application ready to be submitted to the study abroad office, not questioning where I want to go, but if it’s worth going. A decision that I know only I can make, and one I really should be making sooner rather than later.
Part of me thinks that I’ve dreamed of studying abroad for years, and that I shouldn’t be questioning my decision at the last minute. I also didn’t except to be a student leader on campus considering how soft spoken and shy I was coming into college. There is no question that studying abroad is a once in a lifetime experience, and that while I am there I would be able to go back to some of my favorite places in Europe and see some cities I haven’t had the chance to see before. I just can’t stop thinking about what I could lose by leaving.
Would I still be able to be an OA? Is it worth giving up CEN for a semester? Would I still have a chance at RA, and if not could I apply again… and how so if I’m not here? I’d miss my senior friend’s last semester, and their graduation.
But, I would be able to experience another culture firsthand, and not just through textbooks. I’m sure I would meet so many new people, travel so many different places, gain life experience and have memories to last a lifetime. If only someone could magically give me or yes or no answer.
As Neale Donald Walsch once said, “Life beings at the end of your comfort zone.” And maybe I just have to do just that… step out of my comfort zone.
So everything is still up in the air right now. But who knows, in a few short months I could be boarding a plane and off on a new adventure.
Until next time,