Yesterday I received my host family information, which made me realize that I have four days left until I’ll be on a plane heading to Argentina! I’ll be living with a mom and her two teenage daughters. Their house is located 20 minutes near the university and close to several parks and public transit, according to Google Maps. The fact that I’m leaving so soon feels very unreal!
While most of my friends have returned to school, some are off on amazing adventures abroad. I ended the first half of my junior year in December, and since then, I’ve been jealously watching everyone pack their bags and begin their study abroad experiences. But after my long vacation, I can finally look forward to the 90 degree weather, (a welcome change from Boston weather, although it hasn’t been much of a winter so far), increasing my Spanish skills, a new environment, meeting new people, and learning about a new culture!
So far I have no idea what to expect, but one of my greatest fears is not being able to communicate in Spanish. Ever since middle school, I’ve take Latin, and it wasn’t until freshmen year of college that I decided to take Spanish (versus a “dead language”). I’ve studied Spanish for five semesters, but I’m very nervous that I won’t be able to communicate with my host family, understand my professors, and that I’ll have extreme difficulty in writing papers in Spanish, etc. Well if anything, I’ll have my potable Spanish dictionary on my Kindle that I can quickly access 😀 Overall, I feel that everything will turn out fine, but I just need to leave and start my adventure already!