Since freshman year, I have talked to many close friends about how I have hoped to go on a study abroad. It has always been a hypothetical, and a dream of mine. Well, I am happy to announce that it is official! I am going on a study abroad next semester to Brisbane, Australia!
To give you the “facts” of the trip:
I am doing my study abroad through the Best Semester program. I will be taking 16 credits (4 courses-2 core units & 2 elective units) so I am still working towards my degree requirements. I’m especially excited for my core units because they are about Australian perspectives and worldviews.
Because the Australia program is open to any students attending a college (or university) in the CCCU, I will be interacting with students from all around the United States! I will be meeting people from all different cultures, not just Australian culture.
Probably what I am most looking forward to is staying with a host family who lives near Brisbane! I have not found out who my family is yet (and I’m guessing I probably won’t find out until December or January), but I cannot wait to meet them. I am confident that I will learn so much from them and bond with them. I think this is so unique because I get the opportunity to fully immerse myself in Australian culture by staying with a family who knows all about it.
My family has hosted multiple foreign exchange students from around the world, so now the tables turning. Now, I am the foreign exchange student, or “the American” in a new place.
Even though there is no language barrier (thank the Lord I do not have to learn a new language, languages are not my gifting), there are significant cultural differences between the United States and Australia. I have to remind myself to not underestimate the differences between the two. I am doing this in an effort to prepare myself to learn and grow more than I could have ever imagined.
I would like to end this blog with a thank you. I want to thank the close friends, relatives, and especially my mom and dad. To my friends, thank you for being just as excited as I was about studying abroad. Thank you for being my prayer warriors and providing constant encouragement (you know who you are). To my relatives, thank you for coming out to my Euchre parties this past summer and hearing me share my heart about studying abroad. Your support means the world to me.
To my mom and dad (cue getting really emotional as I type this out), thank you for sacrificing so much so that I can go to another part of the world. Thank you for helping throw the Euchre parties, for driving me to my summer job (way too early in the morning) to help save money, for dropping everything to help me fill out paperwork. Thank you for your unfailing love and support through the whole process (especially when I just needed a hug and told that it’s going to be okay). Most importantly, thank you for helping me live out one of my dreams in a few months.
God has been providing for me every step of the way, and I am so grateful for how He has surrounded me with so much love. His voice has been a soft whisper that has kept me going. He has blessed me and I continue to see His blessings as February gets closer and closer.
Thank you guys for reading! I am glad to “officially share” this upcoming chapter in my life.
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”