This past month has been one of the most hectic and exciting months of my entire life. From my experiences in Serbia and my experiences at Bradford Woods in Bloomington, I haven’t experienced a single day of boredom. I didn’t expect to enjoy this Serbia trip as much as I did. I went into the trip eager to have hands-on experience and to build connections with not only my classmates but with the professors. I ended up having some of the most fun I have ever had while obtaining so much information that will be extremely useful in my future.
While I have been fortunate enough to have traveled in the past I have never traveled to Eastern Europe. This trip opened my eyes to how people’s lives can be drastically changed and how long it takes for countries to rebuild from the ravages of war. That was in Serbia, through the graffiti that I saw in the streets, the damage that was still present from the NATO bombings, and the conversations that I had with some of the Serbian people.
In just three short weeks I was able to absorb a large amount of Serbian culture. In Serbia it is extremely common to sit at a café for hours enjoying a drink and just talking to friends. So I spent many hours sitting and drinking coffee and talking. If it wasn’t for this leisure time, I would not have gotten to know the people on the trip so well. I have had a class with every single girl that went on the trip with me and prior to the trip I had only spoken to one of the girls. After this trip I have grown close to each of them and I look forward to working with them in class and later on in life as well.
Overall, I am extremely thankful that I was able to go on this study abroad trip. If it wasn’t for OVPDEMA I wouldn’t have been able to fund the trip and make the memories that I have. I can’t express that gratitude I have for the scholarship. I feel blessed that I was chosen for the trip.