And I’m Off

Today is the day.

As I sit in the airport, waiting for my flight to takeoff, I can’t help but smile. I’ve been preparing for this day for what seems like forever and it has finally arrived. HOORAY!

Studying abroad is something that I have wanted to do ever since I knew it was a thing that a person could do. However, graduating from undergrad in 3 years didn’t really leave much time for studying abroad for a summer, much less an entire semester.

I had decided that this was one item that would remain unchecked on my bucket list.

Seriously, who studies abroad while in law school?

Apparently, I do.

When I first learned that my school offered the options for 3Ls to study for a semester at Trinity in Dublin, Ireland, I knew I had to take the chance. It was my last opportunity to immerse myself for an extended period of time in a different culture. It was my last chance to have final first day at a new school with new peers and new teachers. It was my last chance to mark “studying abroad” off my bucket list.

My mom always says that she has never known someone who loves home so much who consistently goes so far away.

She’s right. I love home. I love my family and my friends. I miss them terribly when I am gone.

However, it’s thanks to my faith, my family, and my friends (all which are what I consider to be family) that I travel in the first place. It’s thanks to them that I am brave enough to extend my comfort zone, to do what I have never done before, to take the road less traveled. It’s because of home that I can make temporary homes and build lasting friendship and community other places.

So I’m going to keep on smiling, even if I’m going to miss my home and my people, because we get this one life to fill with as many adventures and memories as we can. I want to make this adventure a good one. Who knows what the next four months hold? I can’t wait to see where my feet run to between this airport and the next.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same…
– Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken


2 thoughts on “And I’m Off

  1. penny

    love as always!!! keep writing! i cannot wait to hear the stories, see pictures while youre gone! gonna miss that beautiful smile… love ya


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