The Pre-Study-Abroad Jitters

When I was accepted into my Study Abroad program in London I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. A million plans of sightseeing, museums, and yes, local pubs and clubs rushed through my mind. And even though I had applied for the summer abroad program it seemed like I had all the time in the world to prepare myself and create an itinerary for my summer travels. Suddenly though, it turned into spring and I realized I have just weeks until I’ll be leaving the United States. Although the pure excitement I felt for my trip never left, a new sinking feeling accompanied it and lay unsettled in my stomach. What if I get lost, I worried. Or if I don’t understand my classes, or everyone in London hates me? What if I chose the wrong program, or picked bad places to travel post-study? I was being ridiculous of course, and I knew that, but I still couldn’t stop the barrage of questions and worries that rushed through my head at night. It certainly didn’t help that my friends and I had recently watched the movie “Taken”. But regardless of how nervous I became, one thing remained clear: it will be an adventure. My time abroad may be scary or uncomfortable at times, but it is only when you step outside your comfort zone that you can truly experience something new, and conquer your fears.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” –Helen Keller