There are so many things I could say about how my study abroad experience was the best three months of my life (because it was), but I want to start off by explaining the things I learned during this time. I truly was pushed out of my comfort zone and did go through some hard weeks, but overall I had the best time of my life with people I truly love and adore so much.
I am still processing most of these, but here are the main things I learned during my 90 days of traveling:
Life isn’t about being perfect. It is about enjoying every single moment. I learned that life is truly what you make it and your attitude has the biggest effect on your day. I find myself trying to be perfect and my classmates helped me realize that I just need to be myself, mistakes and all. This is life and it is truly beautiful, crazy, amazing, confusing, and sad. Embrace it all!
Things don’t always go the way you plan, but they might turn out to be an awesome story later. Also, things can turn out to be way better than you planned…
I know that my future husband will need to have a love for travel and adventure. I won’t always want to go on adventures by myself 🙂
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Before going abroad, I always viewed traveling and going to other countries as just a dream, now I know that things are not as out-of-reach as I thought. Now I will definitely consider my possibilities abroad after college and before I would have never even considered finding a job or internship in another country. I’ve learned that if you don’t try new things, you will always be stuck in the same routine and mindset. Trying new things is definitely worth the risk!
How to be friends with guys… this one is probably really funny, but before I studied abroad I didn’t really have any guy friends. We had a lot of really great guys on our trip and I am so happy that I can call some of them my best friends now.
You don’t need a lot of STUFF and ALWAYS pack lighter than you think! I seriously realized that I own way too much and life is truly simpler without a bunch of “things”.
I learned to be more confident in my decisions and that I need to rely less on others to make decisions for me. Although I still have a lot to work on when it comes to my confidence, I feel like I have grown a lot and I am not afraid to do things on my own.
One of the things I learned from one of the classes I was taking is that it is perfectly okay to ask questions and be honest with God. He doesn’t expect us to have all the answers and he doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He wants us to live our lives in sync with Him, including Him in the good and the bad.