I’m not too nervous about moving to another country on my own. In fact, I’m not even thinking about it really. When I was accepted into the Semester At Sea program, I didn’t think about what it would be like because I didn’t want any preconceived expectations. I had never been abroad before so I didn’t know what to expect, and in a way I didn’t want to know what to expect. I have, however, looked into what not to do in a specific country because the last thing I wanted was to insult another culture. All I wanted to do was just have an open mind when I entered a country, and not compare what life was really like there to what I had Googled or read about previously. The same goes for when I move to South Korea. I had a very short timespan in which to sign the contract. In just a day, I had to make up my mind if I wanted to move there or not.
A day after I signed the contract, I admit I started second-guessing my decision, but after that, I realized that the only reason I wouldn’t want to go is because I felt guilty for leaving my family, and I felt too comfortable to leave. I chose to sign that contract because it will help me in my future, and I will gain from my experiences, good and bad.
This will be the hardest year of my 22 years of life so far, but really it’s up to me to make it the greatest.