Waiting. That is all I feel I can do right now. In less than 3 weeks I will be in a country I have never been to surrounded by other exchange students from around the world I am eager to meet. I have been planning my trip to Milan for about a year now while constantly asking myself, “is it worth it?”. I am leaving all of my friends and the comfort of my campus for a semester in an unknown country. Plus, the worry and stress about securing the correct documentation, living arrangements, and class scheduling has played into my doubt. Some advice I have for students who are planning to go abroad is to start preparing as soon as possible. Do not wait until the last minute because deadlines always approach quicker than you think. Also, don’t be afraid to ask faculty or other students for help! Use whatever resources and support systems you have. If you prepare well enough, the doubt won’t seem so perpetual and the only thing left to do is to get yourself on the plane.
The one thing that has pushed me through all of my doubt and worry is the regret if I decided not to study abroad. I know I would be upset myself if I let doubt win me over. When I think of who I want to be and the life I want to live, I think about doing things that take me out of my comfort zone. I want to be somewhere I have never been and not know the local language. I want to say yes to spontaneous trips and adventures. I want to say yes to the unknown. Whenever I am unsure of what I am doing with my life, I often think of this quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”.
I think the thing I am most excited for is traveling. I definitely want to travel throughout Italy as much as I can, but I also want to visit as many countries as possible. Another thing I look forward to is meeting a lot of new people! Bocconi University is known for having a lot of exchange students from all over the world, so I hope to be meeting a lot of them. My whole mindset for this trip is to go with the flow of everything. I can try to plan out trips and experiences, but sometimes things don’t always go the way you want them to. I am looking forward to all the ups and downs that come with this trip.
Most of us picture how we want to live our lives, but we rarely take action to make our dreams into a reality. The promise I have made to myself is to become more of a doer than a dreamer. We can dream all day, but eventually we have to wake up. Might as well wake up to the life you have always imagined.