One week done, plenty more to come.
One thing I’ve learned while traveling and coming here to study abroad is that sometimes it’s better to come in with no expectations and it’s even better not to compare your experience with others. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to do the same things other students and have similar experiences but I enjoy making my own path and following what my heart tells me to do.
Coming into the program I felt a little behind at first because so many of the students had participated in an optional cultural program that I missed out on but then I realized that I still have plenty of time to do what I want and find friends to do it with as there’s no rush and I don’t even have a flight home yet. Overall, I’m also really fortunate that I was able to meet a good group of people at the orientation we had and was able to start enjoying myself since I was relieved that I no longer felt alone. It’s also nice that since I was here over the summer, I had made 3 good friends that live in Vienna that I got to catch up with. The initial days of being here were scary, but once I had friends to be around, everything became so easy and my excitement for this trip reignited itself.
And as I mentioned before, coming in with little to no expectations is great because you never know what you mind find or what might come out and surprise you along the way. I can’t wait to see what the future has to offer.