When you graduate high school, the conversation topic of the summer is related to your college plans. Where are you going? What are you studying? When do you leave? I remember answering these questions countless times, and I would always finish my response with “I’m really excited!”
Was I excited? Without a doubt. But I had no idea what to expect, or what I was specifically excited for.
This uncertain excitement is precisely how I feel as I prepare for my summer abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Of this I am certain: I will depart from Jacksonville International Airport in 4 days and land in Madrid on the morning of May 31st. I am living in a home stay with my “madre” Teresa, her husband, a dog, and my UF roommate, Lisa-Nicole. I am taking classes at Nebrija University in addition to the UF online “Principles of Management” course.
Yet, uncertainty lies ahead: How does life differ in a foreign country? Will there be language barriers? How do people dress? Is it easy to adjust to the culture? Will Madrid be easy to navigate?
Until I land in the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, I have no idea what is in store for the next two months.
If that’s not exciting, what is?