Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” I could not find a more fitting quote for my desire to be a part of the 2012 Semester at Sea Program. Years from now I want to look back and reflect on my college experiences that took place outside the campus of Elon University.
Even as a freshman I knew studying abroad was a culturally enriching experience I wanted to pursue. I could not find a more opportune time than the summer before my senior year to pursue my dream. With two prior internship experiences I find it is time to further indulge myself in new cultures, environments, and societies that will ultimately help me grow into a well-rounded individual. The opportunity to study abroad at nine different countries is enthralling to me.
Since I was roughly five years old I have grown up with the assistance of an au pair. Each year a new au pair would join my family in our home and live with us for 365 days. One particular au pair who stands out in my mind is Luisa. Luisa lived in the suburbs of Lucca in Italy. I was so jealous of how beautifully Italian words would role off her tongue when she spoke to her family on the phone. During the only Christmas she spent with us, I received a calendar as a gift from her. This calendar was filled with the most breath taking photos of various cities in Italy and a particularly stunning image of Tuscany. Even though I was only thirteen, I was smart enough to understand that this was a culture I wanted to be submerged in. I knew one day I had to see these places for myself. I would be fortunate and blessed to travel across seas to visit not only Florence, but also the eleven other cities planned in the 2012 itinerary.
I am a Strategic Communications major with a minor in International Relations. I think this...