Arcadia University may be the most magical thing that has ever come into my life. The summer before coming here, I kept questioning if everything was real. At one point, I began feeling like I was plunged into one of those fantasy stories like Harry Potter. When you think about it, I do sound like the typical protagonist of a story:
- I got accepted to a school no one in Hawaii has really heard of that I applied to out of chance among my list of eight colleges.
- It happens to have a castle.
- It also happens to be #1 in Study Abroad.
- To graduate with my degree in political science with a concentration in international relations, I need at least one global experience (a.k.a. study abroad).
- They invited me to study abroad in London for my first year.
- One street near school is called “Gypsy Road.”
- My dorm building is called Heinz; I happen to love ketchup.
I remember texting this list to my friend, Mard, when I was on another rant about how suspicious the universe was. I had been waiting for my connecting flight to Philadelphia in Phoenix, Ariz., still wondering whether or not I was really going to college.
I am really excited to be studying abroad in London, England, for an entire semester. Since this will be my first study abroad experience, I am also a bit nervous. I’m at a point in my life where I need to learn what it means to be independent. Visiting a different country and learning to adapt and navigate my way around it for a whole semester sounded like a great way to become independent. Maybe this experience will even change my perspective or give me a better idea of what I want to become in the future. Sometimes I do wonder why I chose my major, or if I really wanted to remain in the field of political science. Hopefully, this experience will help me find myself at a better standpoint.