As a first generation college student, I was considering myself lucky to be going to a great college like IU thanks to the 21st Century Scholarship. I never thought I would be able to take an opportunity to study abroad. I will be forever grateful for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs for providing me with most of the funding needed for me to have the life-changing experiences I did while abroad.
I was blown away by the cultural differences and the deliciousness of the food. Everything I ate was so fresh and I tried so many new foods. It was so interesting that even when they gave us an English menu we still didn’t know what things were because of language differences. It was more fun than scary to be confused, but I think it helped that I had awesome classmates with me. We could make the best out of every situation, even when we got lost.
We did so much exploring every day and I didn’t want to forget a second of it. I was taking pictures all day long and would spend an hour writing down the day’s events before going to bed. I would wake up with the sun and go to bed in the late hours of the night, but I forgot that I was tired until my head hit the pillow.
Some of my favorite things included exploring an ancient castle on the island of Ischia, visiting Pompeii, spending a weekend in Naples and seeing subterranean Naples under the modern city, and making pizza at a Lemon Orchard. This was my first time in Europe experiencing so much history around every corner and I was speechless at most things I saw. I’ve been home a few weeks now and still heaved a sigh of disappointment when I woke up and didn’t see the ocean out my window. I thought about my trip every single day and have already started saving to take myself back one day.