As the time to leave approaches, I can’t help but think of what will happen if I screw up. Let me explain. Studying abroad is one thing, but studying abroad successfully is another. While some may think that surviving the trip considers a successful abroad experience, I beg to differ. I think that in order for an individual to successfully study abroad, they have to separate themselves from his or her culture at home. I believe that when I enter the reincorporation stage is where I will determine whether I have succeeded in separating myself from my usual environment or culture. Before I get to the reincorporation stage I need to start with the separation stage, but before I get there I have to share my letter!
I wrote my separation letter for my immediate family, in particular my two parents. The main theme of the letter was apology. Now I know this might seem strange, but hear me out. I tend to be a rather reserved person. You know, quiet, never much to say at family dinners, not the biggest partier. As a result, I do not think I express myself as much as I should or could. Since I am going to be half way across the globe I wanted to make sure my family did not think I was ignoring them or avoiding them. The combination of my personality as well as the importance of separating might seem like I am ignoring them. The main focus of my letter will be to apologize it if seems like I am angry at them or have forgotten about them. I feel like this is a great outlet to use if I struggle to find a way to explain how I am feeling. Neat.
When asked the question: Are you ready to accept and expect the unexpected? I think most people, including myself, should answer yes to that. When an individual decides to go abroad, they should already to ready to accept the unexpected. If they weren’t, why would they choose to go abroad? You can’t go to a foreign nation and not be willing to accept the unknown. It just does not make sense in my opinion.
The picture I chose that represents my journey to date is this picture of a river leading out to the ocean in Trinidad and Tobago. My mom was born there and I have a whole side of the family that resides there. I chose this picture because Trinidad is the first foreign
country that I have been to. The river is leading out to the ocean, which represents myself leaving my first abroad experience and venturing into something more – a more complete abroad experience. I have been to Trinidad several times with my family, but I since I am going by myself, I think this is finally the time where I leave my first abroad experience and truly experience what it is like to not only study abroad, but live abroad. I am the river; the ocean is the world. One could say the river is my rite of passage to the ocean – funny how that works.