Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.
In her first post, Genevieve talks about her decision to study abroad in London, her international background and experience, and her expectations for this semester.
I am what some people may call a travel addict. Growing up, the inside of my suitcase was just as familiar to me as the inside of my closet. This is because I didn’t grow up in a normal home. I grew up in Budapest, Hungary, an ocean away from the USA, where my parents are from. My childhood consisted of traveling to countries all over the world with my parents, so the thought of staying in one place for the entire four years of college terrified me. Living in a small town like Anderson, South Carolina, while enjoyable, is outside of my comfort zone. So, when sophomore year started and I felt that familiar itch right between my shoulder blades, the one that tells me that I either need to see some place new or do something drastic, like chop off my hair and dye it pink (it’s happened before and I really would rather not go back there again, it was not a good look for me), I began checking out my options.
I had considered study abroad before, but it had never seemed like a viable option with the huge price tag and the countless hours of work that goes into it. Then I talked to a friend who had just gotten back from a semester in Uganda. I could see that it had changed her. She didn’t deny that it was a hard road to getting on a plane for a semester abroad, but she also assured me that it was worth it. That night, I emailed our study abroad advisor to set up an appointment for the next week.