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Raiders Abroad: A Reflection

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Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 11:40 am

This whole trip I think I have been reflecting.

From the moment I stepped foot on that first airplane, I knew my life was about to change.  I was going to be forced into uncomfortable situations but also that I was about to make tremendous growth and cherish every single moment I had while studying abroad because this is a once and a lifetime experience. Although I should not have done this to myself the whole time I have been here, my thoughts are consumed with just how short six months are. But now as my time really is coming to a very quick close (only like 3 more weeks here) I have done a lot more reflecting on how much I truly have grown.

Thinking back on before I left, I can confidently say that I have grown so much. Before I left I was an anxious girl who was scared of the world and what would happen. I basically did not go a day without getting anxious about something. I remember that day I had to fly to Europe, I was sitting there (thankfully with Tyler) waiting for boarding to begin. I could not stop crying and worked myself so much that I had to run to the bathroom because I thought I was going to puke. On my second flight to Europe, I started crying when I received the food on the plane… why? I have no clue.

Well, I am proud to say I have come a long way since those first few days. I have learned how to better cope with my anxiety and do not live in a constant state of being anxious. I still get nervous while flying but I have learned that worrying about it all will not help because ultimately it is in God’s hands. I have become more confident in myself and my decisions. I have also learned to go with the flow more because if you have ever traveled before you know how things go wrong so fast. Tyler and I always expect something to go wrong and we always say “It wouldn’t be a Tyler and Corbin trip if nothing went wrong.” Just like last weekend in Copenhagen when Tyler left our keys for our Airbnb in the train station and we didn’t realize it till we got back to the Airbnb. Or when I got sick in Prague… or our lovely expensive taxi ride at 2am in Germany. But honestly, I would not trade those mishaps for the world because they are pretty funny stories to tell.

Only a few more weeks here in Maastricht and I cannot wait to enjoy every second of it. This weekend I am off to Zurich, Switzerland which is our last solo trip before Tyler’s sister Amanda joins us to finish off our time here in Europe. Such a bittersweet end to it all.

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