Study Abroad Experiences in Europe

Experience Adventure and Study Abroad in Europe

silkeblogI’m pretty sure most of my Facebook contacts are sick of hearing how much I loved Europe. You see, I just came back this January from my study abroad trip to the wonderful city of Bradford. I attended the University of Bradford in England for one semester (September- January), and it was an unexpected life changing experience. I made amazing friends who are now a big part of my life and met an amazing guy who pretty much knows me better than I do. Lucky me, huh?

During UoB, (I get to use the initials since I am a former student, right?) I studied English. What better way to study English Literature than in Europe itself? Yet, what I’m most proud of is the fact that is that I got to travel all over Europe – London, Manchester, Leeds, York, Scotland, Cumbria, and my personal favorite, Whitby. I am the type of person who is always looking for adventure. If you tell me there is a place close to my home where I can jump out of a flying plane, you’ll see me in the line ready to get on it. I like to do as much I can, especially if it involves a big amount of fun. Hence the fact I decided to go to Europe to expand my horizons. Don’t get me wrong, I love America, it’s my home and it will always be my first true love, but who can resist Europe? Amazing scenery, food, music festivals, and let’s be honest, gorgeous guys. We were all thinking it ladies.

silkeblog3After buying my ticket back home through Student Universe, I felt my heart sink. It hit me that I was going home, to the place where I had once cried because I was afraid of leaving it. Now, it was the other way around. I was crying because I didn’t want to leave Bradford. I learned so much while being abroad. There wasn’t a day I wouldn’t wake up feeling lucky to be in a place I had fought my whole life to be in. It was a dream come true and I couldn’t be more excited to have experienced it.

I’ll be honest, at first I was scared to death. I was going to be in a new country, not just city, but country. It was an ocean apart from home and from my family. I began to block everything out; I listened to my head instead of my heart. In my opinion, that is the worst thing one can do. I can’t count how many times I’ve missed or regretted something because I had done this. But eventually, I followed my heart and my desire for adventure. The point is, if you have the opportunity to study abroad, and have the adventure bursting out of your veins like mine, then go for it.


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