Twenty-four hours from now I will be boarding a plane destined to land in Amsterdam, where I will be living for the next six months.
While six months may sound like a lifetime, I know time will fly and this entire experience will all just seem like a crazy, unbelievable dream.
I’m sure you are all feeling different emotions with my departure; some of you are worried about the distance and my safety, and some of you are excited for all of my new adventures. Most of you are somewhere in between, as am I.
Although I cannot assure you I won’t get into some shenanigans (I will most definitely), I can promise you all I will do my best to return in one piece.
This trip will change my entire life in ways I cannot even imagine yet, and I feel confident that studying abroad in the Netherlands will be the best decision I’ve made during my college career.
I plan to keep you all up to date through this blog on a weekly basis, so make sure to check here to see all of the fun (illegal) stuff I’m doing!
And to answer the question on everyone’s mind: YES! I am so nervous about this trip. I’m afraid of experiencing culture shock, traveling alone, and getting lost on the public transportation system.
But I’m mostly afraid of how much I’ll want to return back to my second home. I haven’t even arrived, and yet I already don’t want to leave.
Maybe this will change once July comes around, but I’m not so sure…
So in short, thank you to everyone who has supported me getting to this place. (And an extra shout out to you mom!) Whether you listened to me cry over the amount of paperwork I had to do, or gave me tips on traveling in Europe, all of your help has been appreciated.
I love you and I already miss you, but I’m excited to share this experience with you all.