This summer I will be studying abroad in Italy!
A couple of weeks ago, I was accepted to Boston University’s summer study abroad program in Padova, Italy. Initially I was ecstatic, but then one day I heard a few of my peers talking about all of the courses they will be taking in order to get ahead over the summer. My Type A personality immediately reared its ugly head and I found myself in a pool of guilt about the prospect of spending the summer in Italy while I could be taking biochemistry at home. To the normal person, this would be a simple decision- Italy vs. Biochemistry? Um, ITALY. duh.
After racking my brain for a week, debating what to do with my summer, I was on the verge of giving up my dreams of Italy. But with the guidance of some trusted individuals, along with some soul-searching, I have come to the conclusion that Italy is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I should not pass up. According to my confidants, when else will I have seven weeks of my life to just travel to Europe? After college, most likely never.
I have studied my butt off to master the language, spent hours on the application for the program, and developed a profound love for all things Italian- to let it all go would be a mistake. I do not deal well with regret and when I look back, do I want to be able to say that I spent my summer in a classroom learning biochemistry, or traveling around Italy? I have decided on the latter.
I’m trying this new thing called “leaving my comfort zone and taking chances.” While I have been trying to incorporate it into many areas of my life, Italy would be the ultimate test of my commitment to this attitude. I have always played it safe- and I think that it is time to stop living passively and to go out and to forge my own path. Although I’m scared to leave my comfort zone, I am excited to take the leap.
I started this blog to document my adventures with food- where better to explore my passion for food than in the land of Parmigiano Reggiano and gelato?! Andiamo!
“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.” – Mark Twain