Reflection for 10/8/2015
As one of the assignments for the Becoming Globally Engaged class, students are expected to respond to reflection prompts on a weekly basis. Here is the prompt and my response for the week of October 8, 2015.
What are your biggest fears or reservations about study abroad? What can you do to address them? How can we help?
My biggest fears and reservations about studying abroad are simply leaving the comfort of the place I’ve grown up with. I have orman, klahoma under my belt I know the knooks and crannies of the city, the people and how they act and respond to certain things, and where to find almost anything I could think of. Being in the United States, there’s not much I’m afraid of in the sense that I can always find a alart, a fast food restaurant, or a gas station. I know that, for the most part, the police are trustworthy and help is plentiful.
Going to another country to live and function opens up so many questions and concerns in that there are going to be things I simply do not know how to do. This is what scares me, not knowing the land and the features of the city, or the general attitude and personality of the people. There are things in America that I am afraid I will miss when I’m abroad. There are also things that I’m afraid I am taking advantage of and will come to find do not exist globally.
Hearing stories from the past panelists about scary traffic situations, different environments in restaurants, and figuring about public transit all give me a great amount of anxiety as much as it brings me excitement. You can’t order a cold coffee in Italy?
All these things aside, my only option on the road to being globally engaged is, for lack of better words, sucking up my spoiled American persona and learning to live and experience a little. Regardless of how scary these things initially will be, it is part of experiencing the world and growing as a person, and I will be enlightened by it.
Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee#/media/File:A_small_cup_of_coffee.JPG