Departures, goodbyes, new beginnings
Hello! My name is Troy Sanders and I will be blogging from Valparaíso, Chile for the semester! I am currently a Junior at Davidson College majoring in Biology with a minor in Hispanic Studies. I’m currently 20 years old, and from Enumclaw, Washington (about an hour outside of Seattle.)
After a few bitter goodbyes, I find myself sitting in the airport, trying to sorta figure out what all of this means. Moving to a different continent, exclusively speaking a different language, taking new classes, spending time with new people. When I was still figuring out my study abroad plans and future, I read through many of these blogs, so I hope that one day this blog can help others alleviate some confusion/anxiety and make others excited. This entire experience can be looked at in many different ways, but throughout this blog I hope to address the questions that a student may have hoping to or going to study abroad, aspects of the first-generation college student experience abroad, and what it all means for the student and the world. Lofty goals.
As for now, I know that I have a host family with two dogs, and two cats. This almost has me as excited as going to Chile itself. Speaking of Chile, I am incredibly excited for the avocados, the ocean, and the many other great aspects. I just may have decided on going to Chile for the avocados though. Well, just after a few flights I’ll find myself in my new home for a while. I hope to update you all on how it goes soon!