Two weeks ago the semester ended and I finally arrived home and as I talked to my mom about how excited I was to go when I told her I’d be gone for 6 weeks she completely freaked out, cried, and said “six weeks is a long time.” I laughed, I mean what else could I do and between fits of laughter I said “come on ma’ 6 weeks isn’t that long.” Yet now I look back on that conversation and look forward to my imminent future and realize how much things can change in a few minutes let alone 6 weeks … she was of course right (I will never admit that to her). I am embarking on what may be an adventure of a lifetime, in a country I don’t know, with a group of girls whose first names I’m trying to learn, and while I am almost boiling over with all kinds of different emotions and anxieties, I still haven’t even bought a suitcase.
It seems surreal. Study abroad had not too long been something I only dreamt of doing, not something I imagined myself capable of …you know … there is a big disconnect between wanting to study abroad and going through with it. At first it does not seem like a lot of commitment, but once you seriously start planning on how you’re going to afford it, and you choose a program it really dawns on you the huge step you’re taking. It took some work, lots of encouragement, but I finally made that leap from dreaming to doing. And now look at me … freaking out … not packing, but at least I’ve been doing my reading about the city!
But anyway I should introduce myself … My name is Mariana I am now a senior at UF with a major in English, and a minor in Spanish. I will be spending 6 weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am 20 years old, born and raised in Miami, and I am half Cuban and half Dominican. I like to eat, read and I like to write in my journal, but even so I’ve never started a blog so with that said …
Hopefully, you guys will stick around with me on this adventure as I keep track of not only the things I do, but what I learn and how I change. And maybe even some of you will go for gold and study abroad someday too (if you haven’t already)!
See you all in Argentina!!!