Welcome to my Study Abroad Blog! I'm excited to share this experience with you all, and I am so glad to have your support as I embark on this journey. Thank you for following along!
So as I come upon my last week before I depart for Australia, I have been doing a great deal of preparing. A few weeks ago, after several hours of stressful deliberation, I finally took the leap and purchased my plane ticket. Who knew that experience could be equally as anxiety-provoking as it was relieving? But thank goodness that part is over. It's a big weight off of my shoulders.
Since then, I've been getting the rest of my ducks in a row, if you will. I completed and sent in my Visa application. I contacted and met with my fellow study abroad roommates. I also purchased a few of the "going to Australia" necessities (you know, the electrical outlet adapter, the books for the plane ride, the Graham crackers my host mother insisted I bring :) ). I have yet to start packing all of these things, though. I think I'm putting it off because I'm a LITTLE nervous about how I'm going to bring everything. I mean, four months is quite a bit longer than the sporadic-"throw my things in a plastic grocery sack"-weekend trip I'm accustomed to. Perhaps I'll have to share a photo of my packing accomplishment when I finally get around to it!
I would say the most crucial, and honestly, the most motivating part of getting ready for my trip, has been fundraising. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many people who are encouraging and supportive of my education and studies in Australia. My friends and family have been so kind and generous as I've prepared for this trip, which has only motivated me to be even more successful as I pursue my career as an educator. I am thankful to them for empowering me, not just financially, but in all that I've done and continue to do to prepare for my trip. They have been encouraging in their kind words and their selfless actions, and I cannot thank them enough for contributing to my success in this exciting chapter of my life.
If anyone reading this is in a similar position in life as myself and you are considering studying abroad as a step on your career path, I say DO IT! I do realize my plane does not depart from Columbus until the evening of August 8th, BUT that is how confident and certain I am that this is going to be a positively life-changing experience. After talking with students who have experienced this program first hand (which I do highly suggest doing for anyone interested - I learned so much about the living situation, budgeting my funds, and what to expect just through conversation!), and after doing some substantial searching and discovering within myself, I am sure that although I am still nervous and anxious about the road that lies ahead, this is definitely the path for me.
Not many people can say they've conducted lessons in a foreign classroom overseas as part of their college education plan, and I am proud to say I'll be one of them. Sometimes you just have to leap and hope you that when you land, you are a better person because of the journey. I believe this experience will strengthen me as an educator and a leader, and I look forward to bringing the lessons I learn back with me to my own classroom.
I am truly excited to share this journey with you all, and I couldn't be more grateful to Ohio University Lancaster for this opportunity. I can't wait to show you guys what life in Australia is like and share this experience with you every step of the way.
I hope this will be a way for not only you to stay updated on my studies, but for me, as well, to stay connected with you all back here at home. I do hope you find yourselves checking back, reading and seeing all I'll be encountering! Thank you for your support, and as they say in the Land Down Under....G'day Mates!