When I started at university, I was all excited. Having a clean slate, opening a new chapter. About new school, meeting new people, studying interesting subjects, entering the infamous fabulous student life. And while envisioning my student life, I’ve always kind of assumed that I will also go study abroad at one point.
Then, the real life happened and before I even really got into college, I started working as well. But the abroad dream stuck with me, it was always on the back of my mind, quietly tagging along. Year after year, I was putting it off, searching for the right time to do it. This year I submitted few applications, a little half-heartedly, without any pressure, almost instantly forgetting about it. But to my surprise one of them went through. I was accepted! I could be starting my last college year in Rome. My favourite city of them all, my second home, the city of my heart. So many wonderful things have happened there and now I have the opportunity to live there, for real this time!
But at this point, I still don’t know if it will actually happen. There is a lot of things to work out and a lot of factors to count in. My routine here is pretty figured out right now and this will be an extreme change. The biggest step out of my comfort zone in years! But the opportunity appeared as a bright light when I was the most troubled and I took it as a sign. Rome could be exactly what I need to take a step forward. The truth is, there’s no right time, you just have to do it! And I think I could be ready to turn the page and start a new chapter again.
So far, that’s all I really want to share with you. My hopes, thoughts and doubts. But whether I decide to go or not, I will keep you posted. In the meantime, if you have any experience with student exchanges, I will be forever grateful for sharing them with me!