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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!