Maybe a bit. I don’t think I have changed that much, but I learned that you have to do things you want to do, and not be so dependent on others. I had a few times when I wanted to plan something, but it didn’t fit other people’s schedule and, in the beginning, I was just pushing it aside and saying “Let’s do it another time then”, whereas, in the end, I realized I can also go by myself. And even though it was a solo trip, it was really fun and a nice way to travel without having to think about what other people in the group wanted. Especially at the end of the semester, it was tricky to align schedules with the other students, so when I traveled to San Francisco I did it with a friend all the way up there, until he wanted to continue northward, and I had to get back to San Diego to catch my flight home. It was surprisingly nice to plan everything just by myself.
If someone is reading this, and you should give your best advice what would they be?
You have probably heard it before - but just go. Don’t wait. Everything will be fine. There’s no need to stress and panic before leaving, and I don’t think anyone has ever gone studying abroad and not enjoyed the experience or ended up regretting that they were going. I can’t imagine that has ever happened. Everyone is looking for new friends, so you won’t be alone.
"I don't think anyone has ever gone studying abroad and not enjoyed the experience or ended up regretting that they went!" -Charlotte, student in San Diego