When studying abroad, a lot of the experience is based on what opportunities are available while being in a foreign country. Cape Town has so much to offer, whether that is traveling, site seeing, or activities. School is often put on the back burner, even though it is the sole purpose of why individuals like myself have this incredible opportunity. It’s extremely difficult to feel out, explore a new place while taking challenging courses, and trying to adapt to the various styles of teaching.
I love the idea of a having a great time, but then you also have to draw a line of where you put school first and experiences second. Being in a country for merely 5 months sounds like an extended period of time away from family, friends, and significant others, but in the grand scheme of things it’s nothing. Trying to make the most out of everyday is important. There is no need to have a bad day, just some days and experiences are better than others. The internal struggles and battles that come from school are just a part of the process, but everything tends to be amplified in a new environment.
By making friends in various classes, I have found ways to become actively engaged inside and outside of the classroom. I have also joined various clubs such as: basketball, photography, and SHAWCO health. Each club offers a unique experience to learn and immerse myself in a new culture.
Time management is extremely important and staying on top of things is essential when studying abroad because believe me time is literally “slipping away”. Days turn into weeks in the blink of an eye. It feels like I arrived here just yesterday!
No matter what I am staying positive throughout all experiences and walks of life. When things get hard, push harder and never give up. Life is too short to stress the small things.
Cape Town, South Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I am incredibly thankful that I have been afforded this opportunity.