Going into college, I made it my ultimate goal to study abroad. I’ve always dreamed of immersing myself into a completely different culture. I am so thankful to say that it’s all going to happen this summer!
Finding that my university offers the Jazz in Paris Global Seminar program made me very pleased. Throughout my adolescence, I grew a deep adoration for music. From musical theater to guitar lessons, music has always held a special place in my heart. Not only will the program be teaching a subject that I genuinely enjoy, I will be able to experience personal growth in the city I have always wanted to visit. Since I was little, I dreamed of venturing off to Europe, specifically France. To be honest, this dream probably started because of all the Mary Kate and Ashley films I used to watch. Of course, my favorite one was “Passport to Paris.” In high school, taking French helped me dive into an unique culture, allowing me to embrace diversity and learn all about life in a country I have never been to. As a Communication major, I hope to someday work in public relations. Event-programming is a passion of mine, for seeing the joy that people get from the events that I organize make me happy. I hope to work in project management for the events industry, allowing me to work with all different kinds of people in different environments. The curriculum will allow me to gain more experience in event-planning, due to the concert we will be organizing. I think that’s pretty dope. I’m also super excited to experience Parisian nightlife 😉
To be honest, I had an initial fear studying abroad due to a few reasons. Being the first from my family to attend a 4 year university, I am so fortunate to be able to go to school here in San Diego. I never really saw myself coming here at all! Studying abroad just seemed so out of the picture. I was scared that I would not be able to afford it. I was also concerned about being far away from my family and friends. Although I moved away for college, I thought that studying abroad would give me ten times the separation anxiety. I would be 10+ hours away from my support system, not being able to easily come home. I was scared to experience a whole new, unfamiliar place without them. I would be navigating a new culture alone. However, with the help of my loved ones, faculty, and Google, they all helped me ease my concerns and gave me confidence and complete support for my decision to study abroad.
I honestly can’t believe I’ll be flying out to the other side of the world at the end of the month. It’s all so surreal. I probably spent the past two quarters, googling different places to go.
Let me know in the comments below any travel recommendations you have for Paris and the rest of Europe! I can’t wait to explore and document it all.