One Week Until the Adventures in Argentina Begin!
T-minus one week until I arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina! It seems like there’s a never-ending list of things I need to get done before I leave. But, instead of channeling my excitement into packing, I’ve been doodling pictures of the country and researching the best sites to see.
The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays, but it was extra special this year knowing that I won’t be in the United States for the next five months. I’m excited to become immersed in Argentinian culture and learn about their unique traditions, but it’s bittersweet knowing that I won’t see that red white and blue flag that I love so much for a while.
I’m lucky enough to have a twin brother who just spent the last semester studying abroad in the United Kingdom. My excitement to study in B.A. grew tremendously after he showed me around his campus and introduced me to his classmates from around the world. His advice to me for studying abroad is to get involved. He joined the volleyball club at his school, and through the club he was able to stay active and he made friendships that will last him a lifetime.
This picture of the phone that looks like it belongs in the early 2000s is the phone I will primarily be using while abroad. A fellow Tulane student who used it last year when she was studying in Buenos Aires donated it to me. I will bring my iPhone with me so I can stay in touch with friends and family via apps that run on wifi. However, I don’t plan on using it in public. Since Argentina’s government prohibits Apple products to be sold in the country, iPhones are commonly stolen and sold for as much as 20,000 pesos ($3,500)!
I’m a very sentimental person, and as I prepare to embark on the next chapter of my life, I can’t help but look back at the amazing memories I’ve made at Tulane. Right now, the FOMO (fear of missing out) is real. I’ll miss tailgates and sorority events and seeing my friends and favorite professors every day, but I’m trying to remind myself that by the time December comes, I’ll have a whole new pile of pictures documenting all the adventures I’m about to experience.