Pre-Departure Thoughts

Since I will be leaving for Florence in eight days, I thought it would be a good idea to let you all know how I plan to utilize my blog and the other various ways I plan to keep in contact while I am abroad. I would also like to share with you some of my goals, fears, and other thoughts associated with embarking on this journey.

First of all, I hope to write a weekly blog at the end of each week describing what I did, where I visited, and what I may have learned along the way.

After making this little goal of mine, I realized that it would be more realistic of me to write a bi-weekly blog because I didn’t take into account the fact that I would have schoolwork to do (I am taking classes after all). Plus, I have vowed to myself not to become attached to my computer or social media for extended periods of time while I am abroad.

This leads me to my second point: How do YOU get in contact with me?

I have figured that the best way to contact me is through Facebook, especially through the messenger feature because we can write messages or even video chat. I will also be utilizing Skype for video calling as well.

I will have a cell phone while abroad, but its primary use will be to get in contact with my fellow classmates and the school while I am in Italy.

Lastly, I would like to talk about some of my goals and thoughts I have for this trip.

My biggest goal is to become assimilated into Italian culture and learn the language as much as I can. In other words, I would like to blend in as much as possible and not stick out like a tourist (I probably will anyway, but it’s the thought that counts).

Another goal of mine is to travel as much as possible and experience a plethora of new things. Chances are I will not be traveling to Europe any time soon, so I have to make the most of my trip and see absolutely everything!

While studying in a foreign country is an incredible experience, there are a few reservations or “fears” that I have lurking in the back of my mind…

  1. Flying. There’s a first time for everything and this is my first time flying. This is probably the most stressful aspect of my entire trip only because I have a fear of losing my luggage and/or missing a flight.
  2. Living On My Own. I have lived at home my entire life, and while this isn’t my biggest fear, I have to acknowledge the fact that this is something new to me and there’s always that fear of the unknown.
  3. Getting Lost. Again, this is not my biggest fear, but there is a good chance that it’s going to happen. I just have to tell myself to “go with the flow” and face that obstacle head-on.

Well, that’s all I have for now. Please check back over the course of these next few months to see what I’ve been up to! Ciao!