So many words come to mind when I try to explain how I feel about this trip.
Excited. Nervous. Anxious.
These three feelings have all dominated my emotional state at least once since I found out that I was selected for the UGalapagos program in the spring. At the moment, I’m mostly excited and anxious.
This is my first international trip outside of North America, and it’s a big one. Three months of total immersion in the culture of Isla Isabella, one of the Galapagos Islands. I’ll be living with a host family, attempting to communicate with my limited Spanish, and studying the environment of the Island.
It’s going to be the trip of a lifetime, and I’m beyond excited. I’ve been nervous as well, waiting for this trip to finally arrive. Oddly enough, at the eleventh hour I’m more ready to go than I have been all summer. There’s so much to consider when traveling abroad for a whole semester, but in the end I know it’s going to be an incredible trip, and that I can survive any bumps in the road that might occur. I’ll be far outside of my comfort zone, but I’ll learn how to adjust. I’ll come back to the states with invaluable life experience, along with my many stories and pictures. I’ll be different. I’ll have grown a little bit in my own way, and I’m excited for that.
I don’t ever want to stop growing. I want to be in a perpetual state of learning, seeing new places and meeting new people. I want to experience everything this world has to offer, and to take every opportunity to break and bend my comfort zone.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.