Life Narrative: The best four months of my life are coming soon.
102 days. 15 cities. 11 countries. Every dot on this map represents a place that will change my life forever. A year ago, this was just a thought that came across my mind once in a while. I would of never guessed I’d be counting down the days until I leave in less than a month (eeeeeek!!!). Back in January I decided to finally apply for Semester at Sea.
SAS is a program that was created for students who want to study abroad not only in one place, but all over the globe. There are more than 600 students from different universities throughout the country and even across seas who participate each semester. World renowned professors are chosen to teach and live on the ship, some even bring their families. Ever since the day I received my acceptance letter it has become the biggest dream I’ve ever had.
I’ve never loved traveling. This was probably because my parents divorced when I was 8 and I was forced to travel back and forth every summer and major holiday. So, I was basically an expert flyer by the age of 12. But what I’m about to do is a different kind of travel for me. I will be going to places I’ve never seen with people I just met. And That’s what I find so exciting.
It was a harsh reality considering most of my family didn’t agree with this program and tried to talk me out of it. They would say things like “it’s just a cruise” or “you won’t get the full study abroad experience without living somewhere”. This was hard for me to hear because I knew they were wrong. Why just go to one country when you can see up to 11 different ones? I wanted to prove them wrong and do this solely for myself. I was determined to do anything to make this dream a reality. Whether it was spending multiple hours on scholarship applications or figuring out how to raise money and take out loans, it would be worth it in the end.
I felt as if I was at a time in my life where I needed to “get lost”. I woke up everyday feeling like I was just going through the motions. I didn’t really know what my purpose was yet and that bugged me.
The thing I’ve been telling myself most is: Maybe if I go out and see the world, I might be able to find my place in it.
In 30 days I will go to countries I’ve never seen before and might not ever see again (which is ok with me), I will meet people that will inspire me forever, and most importantly I will find out who I truly am and what I’m meant to be. I seriously cannot wait.