On Monday, September 30th, 2019, I got same amazing news! I got accepted into a study abroad program. Growing up, my mom always told me to study abroad. When I was little, I developed a fear of flying and I grew up to be someone who liked to be close to home. Thus, I never thought that I would actually want to study abroad.
However, when I went to college all of that changed. During my freshman year, I went on a service trip to Houston Texas that changed my life in so many ways. One of the ways that it changed my life was that it gave me a taste of what traveling to new places might be like. This trip showed me what traveling might be like and I loved it. I loved getting on a plane and by the end of the day I was in a completely new place in a completely different part of the country. It was fun.
For the remainder of my freshman year, my love and want to travel grew. I started thinking about my ideal lifestyle. If I could do anything regardless of money, I would live out of a suitcase and educate everywhere in the world. I would want to live in every country, and I would be a nomad. Realistically, this is crazy and I would never actually do it, but a big part of me wanted to for a while.
Whenever I would have a low day, I would always be thinking about this ideal lifestyle of mine. If I wasn’t daydreaming about traveling, I would think about all of the other things that I thought were cool and that I wanted to do. It was during the time I took Physics, and I told myself that I was going to stop daydreaming about things that I wanted to do and that I was going to do them. Thus, I created a bucket-list. I knew that if I wrote things down, I would want to do them. The first thing I wrote on that bucket list was to get a passport, the second thing I wrote on that bucket list was to travel outside of the United States at least once.
I want to be an Earth Science Teacher. In my brain it’s only logical that I should see different parts of the Earth before I teach it right? Last semester, I was at this event where I was meeting people for the first time and I was given a question to ask. My question was “If you could study abroad anywhere, where would it be?” My answer was Australia because it’s always been a place that has always fascinated me, but it is so far away. The only reason why it would make sense to spend an entire day of traveling is to go for a study abroad program. A lot of people at the event agreed with my logic as they all said Australia too. Never in my life did I actually think I would get the opportunity to potentially study abroad in Australia.
All of that changed when I was home for spring break. One day I was bored at home during my spring break, and I saw an Instagram post from UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (that’s the college I am in). The post was advertising a UD study abroad to Australia where it would talk about the environmental impacts of mineralogical deposits. Having found this opportunity late at night, I decided to go on a whim and prepare to apply for it. The following day, I asked my mom if it was okay that I applied to this program because the study abroad would take place during my 2-month long winter session and she gracefully said yes. That night, I completed my application and I waited a few days to read everything over. I submitted it on a whim.
2019 has been the year of rejection for me. Part of the reason why I started my blog was to create my own set of opportunities because it felt that every opportunity I was going for, wasn’t going in my favor. When I applied for this study abroad program, I expected a rejection. I didn’t expect to be able to go because that’s how the pattern of 2019 was looking for me. I barely filled out the application in its entirety because I didn’t think I would get in. Over the summer, I got an email asking for me to have a professor fill out a letter of recommendation for me. I got my favorite professor to do so.
Then a few months go by, and I officially get into the program. My mind begins to race. All I am thinking is holy moly, I am potentially going to go to Australia. I am potentially going to spend some time on the literal opposite end of the world. What the actual…? It is crazy. I find out at midnight because I couldn’t sleep and whenever I am on my phone, I check my email. The first and last thing I always do when I am on my phone is check my email. At 12:08 am, I get the email where I am studying abroad. I go to sleep and the first thing I do after I shower in the morning is call my mom. At 8am, I called my mom and told her. I asked her if I could go and she said yes. Throughout the entire day I was saying “I AM GOING TO AUSTRALIA” in a high-pitched voice because that’s how happy I was.
Who knew that I would get into something because I applied to it on a whim? I sure as heck didn’t, but I am so looking forward to getting a passport, traveling, and experiencing something beyond the United States. I am excited to get a new taste of the world. Australia, here I come!
That’s it for today’s blog post! Thank you for reading and I will post when I post next, be sure to follow my Instagram @dayswithdebois for when that is! Bye everyone!