Rachel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.
In her first post, Rachel shares her reasons for wanting to study abroad and how she is preparing herself before heading to Florence.
It is crazy to think that I am leaving for Florence in less than 8 days and as I am staring at my unpacked suitcase (procrastinating) the nerves and excitement of leaving are slowly setting in. I am not only wondering about how I am going to pack everything in this tiny suitcase, but also reflecting on what has led to me take on this new adventure of studying abroad.
Working with children at a school in Ecuador.
Studying aboard has always been something that has interested me and I came into college with the motivation to apply. Although I have always had this idea in the back of my mind, I decided on officially studying abroad after I came back from an Immersion Experience in Ecuador my freshmen year. This program was only for 2 weeks, but I grew in more ways than I expected. This trip inspired me to continue to learn about other cultures as well as encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone. After this trip I really became passionate about traveling and meeting new people because I found that in these situations I truly learned the most.Continue Reading