New people and new places, new stories and new sights, new adventures and new experiences…it all sounds so exciting and glamorous. I’ve vicariously lived through friends and acquaintances and their study abroad trips, wondering if they are secretly on some sort of reality show: Traveling non-stop, meeting life-long friends, eating divine food while classily sipping on a glass of wine or even “studying” in the cutest and quaintest cafes. It seems like a dream; not the kind of life that a typical college student, like me, gets to experience everyday. But my time has finally come. For the next 5 months, I get to pretend like this is my everyday life. I no longer have to vicariously live through others on their fantastic journeys, because I will actually be on one of my own…In fact I can see it now: The Real Students of Studying Abroad: Morgan Fuller edition.” And my destination of choice? Beautiful, picturesque and friendly Ireland, of all places, and I could not be more excited. Amongst the other European traveling that I will obviously be taking advantage of, my permanent residence is in the charming city of Galway …A.K.A the epitome of scenic Ireland. With all of the excitement, anticipation and enthusiasm, of course comes some anxiety, apprehension and a little bit of fear. This is the first time I will be traveling alone after all, let alone in a foreign country for 5 months. But what kind of life would I lead if I never stepped outside of my comfort zone? This trip to Ireland will allow me to see the world from a new perspective, appreciate a different way of life, adapt to a new setting and grow in ways I am not even aware of yet. There will be ups and downs, angst and enjoyment, good times and bad, assurances and plot twists, but that’s the beauty of it. So…stay tuned folks.