¡Adiós América!Barcelona, Spring 2012

In less than 24 hours I will be on a plane making my way overseas.  When I board in Atlanta, Georgia I will arrive in Barcelona, Spain only 8 hours later.  I’m leaving behind my family, friends, school, and typical American lifestyle.  Not only that but more importantly I have to wait four months to see how all of my favorite shows unfold!  Regardless, I know this is about to be the opportunity and experience of a lifetime.

I have always wanted to study abroad.  As a competitive figure skater for the past 15 years of my life, I chose to end my skating career upon entering college for this sole purpose.  I attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  I swore I would not go to college in state because I wanted to leave Michigan and explore other places.  My dad convinced me to apply in state as a back-up and I’m glad I did because clearly I did not stick to my word – my apartment on campus is only a solid 19 minute drive away from my family.  I see them weekly and the thought of being in a different country than them for four months is nerve-racking.

Never in my life have I felt such a mix of emotions.  First off I am incredibly excited – as I mentioned earlier this has literally been a dream I’ve been waiting to act on for years.  Now as the trip draws near (more like super near… less than a day!) I am nervous, nostalgic, and anxious.  Many of my cousins and friends have studied abroad in the past and everyone says the same thing.  They are all “so jealous” and emphasize what an amazing experience I will have studying abroad.

I keep reminding myself this opportunity to use four months to travel all over Europe, meet new people, and see different cities will not likely happen again.   I have been to Europe three times but never specifically to Spain.  I am incredibly eager to see what Barcelona has in store for me.  Next time I blog I will probably be sitting in a café drinking coffee and enjoying the beautiful Mediterranean scenery… I cannot wait!  I am so excited to share my study abroad experience with all of you this semester!

~ Kiersten

 

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