5 Things I’m Feeling Before Going Abroad

Written by Madison May 15, 2017

Final goodbyes before I head back home.

It's normal to say goodbye to your car right?

New passport ready for new adventures!

It’s the week before I depart for Italy, and I feel like the days are passing in seconds. A couple days ago I was taking my last final and packing up the car for the eight hour drive home. My freshman year was officially over. All last week I spent packing my dorm, and now that I am home, I have spent my time unpacking my bags just to re-pack them all for Italy. As I take some time to break from packing, I think about all the things I am feeling before I leave for this trip.

  1. Excited

If you have talked to me recently, you probably know that I am studying abroad. It seems to come up in every conversation for the past couple of months because of how excited I am to go. Ever since I got the first e-mail “Countdown to Italy: 42 days,” all I could think about was studying abroad. If I needed a break from studying, I would read blog posts, look up what I needed to pack, and/or look at pictures of the campus and Paderno del Grappa. I never thought that after my freshman year I would get the opportunity to go abroad.

Although I haven’t stopped thinking about this trip, I can’t believe it snuck up this quickly. Just a week ago I was studying for finals and stressing over how I would pull my grades up. I think the main thing that got me through finals was knowing that I would be leaving for Italy soon!

  1. Sad

As an out of state student I don’t get to travel home as much as others. I am a little sad to say goodbye to my family and friends after only being home for a couple of days. But I know that they’re just as excited as I am for my trip. I can’t wait to share with them all the adventures I went on and all the people I met.

  1. Nervous

Although I am excited to go abroad, there are still some things that concern me. Since I don’t know any Italian, I’m scared that I won’t be able to interact with the people there. I am also nervous because this will be my first time traveling abroad alone. I will have to be in charge of getting myself to the right place at the right time, which hopefully shouldn’t be a problem but only time will tell.

  1. Joyful

One of my favorite things to do is to go on adventures. Whether it is to another state, country, or even something close by, it has always been something I enjoy. Since this will be my first time in Europe, everything will be new to me. As an engineering student, it can sometimes be tricky to find a program that offers classes that relate to my major. I am so lucky to have found a program where I can go abroad and get credit for an engineering course.

  1. Curious

I am ready to meet new people and go on new adventures. Since I am the only one from my university it will force me to meet new people. I am curious to taste new foods and explore new places because everything I see and do there will be for the first time. There is always something new I can learn from anyone I’ll get to meet or anything I’ll get to try.

As I think about all the things I’m feeling, I wonder how I’ll feel when I actually get to Italy.

Can’t wait to see what this adventure has in store for me!