When I first heard of what we would be talking about in QU 301: Rites of Passage, I felt as though I was well versed in the process that was being described. Being an international Student, I felt as though I had a slight advantage, as I am already separated from my family and have been for the past two and a half years. However, as the class went on and we delved into the details of separation, liminality and reincorporation, I realized that my study abroad experience would be one completely different than that of my abroad experience in America. “Participants can be expected, albeit to different degrees, to apply their unique skills and empathetic ability to enrich human lives” (Slimbach 5) I do believe that I have a unique set of skills and empathetic ability, and this will allow for me to have another type of study abroad experience. From the time I begun Quinnipiac, to now, I have encountered so many people with which I’ve grown close to and even enamoured with, and so to now separate from these people physically and emotionally has begun to resonate with me.
According to Slimbach, “the journey of the wise and resourceful travelers doesn’t begin at the point of taking up residence in a foreign country” Slimbach admits that a seasoned traveler does not just arrive to their new found home but does extensive research beforehand, in an effort to become a more educated global citizen, language, behaviors, foods and lifestyle are always readily researched.
I chose “My Paris Dream” by Kate Betts, it’s a tale of a young woman who decides to leap out of her comfort zone in hopes of finding herself in the famed city of Paris, throughout the book she details her love and sometimes hate for the city of Paris, as she struggles to find her footing and integrate successfully by becoming a Parisian. This is my one and only goal for Paris, I have no expectations, or dreams of what my time abroad will be. But a simple wish, that I will become a true Parisian, through struggle, discomfort, unfamiliarity, and will power, I will have my own Paris Dream.