I like to say that I’m a flexible person, and that I can “go with the flow,” but the truth is, I like to have things my way. I know what I want, and I do what I can to get it. I’m not set in my ways, but I know what I like.
A while ago, I watched an episode of one of my TV shows, and the main character decided to say “yes” to every question asked of him that day. It was fascinating: he had an incredible day (the punchline was that his friends had a coordinately terrible day). I don’t think I could go an entire day saying only “yes,” but I did decide, upon arrival in Australia, that I was going to say yes to things more often.
I have been doing just that, and let me tell you, it’s been interesting. I have met so many new people, and done things that I may not have done earlier, like going on a road trip with 15 other people that I had just met. That trip was one of the most fun experiences of my life, and I have no regrets whatsoever in deciding to go. I’ve tried so many new cuisines, and seen cultural landmarks that I previously thought I wasn’t really interested in.
It’s true that study abroad broadens your horizons, but you have to be open to it. You really get out of the experience what you put into it, and I’ve decided to give it all I’ve got.
I’ll keep you posted on the results.