It is funny how things work out. When I arrived on September 15th I posted a picture on Instagram and the caption was “My back porch leads directly to the ocean…this might turn into a full year abroad.”
About 2 months ago I sent my parents and e-mail with the subject “Hypothetically…” At first their reaction wasn’t very positive, but after some convincing I started working with Dena, my study abroad advisor, and before I knew it I was applying for my extended student Visa!
Out of the 15 American’s studying at DIU, I am the only one staying for the year. It will be very weird to have these Americans (who I have become such great friends with) leave and have a whole new group arrive in February. However, I will still have all my Croatian and foreign friends still in Dubrovnik with me.
I am going home to Florida for winter break to see my family and friends. I am also celebrating my 21st birthday in America which I am really excited about. I will be home for about a month and then I will come back to Dubrovnik in the beginning of February.
It will be very interesting to experience Dubrovnik year-round. When I arrived in September you could not walk down the streets because of all the tourists, whereas now there aren’t any people besides locals and students. I’m excited to see Dubrovnik transition into spring and summer.
It took me most of my life to realize that if you want something badly enough, you can make it happen, regardless or money and outside forces.