I have just been accepted into the Winter Term Study Away program with WKU. I am going to Hawaii to complete a geography course. I am very excited because this course looks like it will be fairly easy and the rest of the trip will be devoted to having fun and exploring Hawaii.
I am also nervous, though. My roommate is going with me and last night she had a dream about getting attacked by sharks. Since swimming with sharks is one of the activities we will be doing, I am worried that she will not want to go now. I think sharks are scary too, obviously, but I think it would be a lot of fun seeing them up-close. It will be like real life Shark Week.
I am nervous about flying, also. I’ve only flown on a plane twice and I was in middle school so I barely remember it. I am very afraid of heights. By very afraid, I mean I couldn’t even look over the rail on this third floor of MMTH without freaking out. Not only will I have to fly to Hawaii and back, but I also will have to take a helicopter ride during the trip. I think I can handle the plane, but I’m sure I will have a panic attack on the helicopter. I know, though, the more I face my fear the easier it will be for me next time.
Besides all the worrying, I am optimistic that this will be a great trip. We get to do lots of fun things like explore a volcano and take surf lessons. I’ve never done either of these, so I am looking forward to the new experience.
I never had an interest in traveling until this summer when my brother and my friend from home traveled to different places around the world. I saw pictures and heard stories from them, making me want to travel as well. I know that Hawaii is just another part of the United States but I have never been outside of the continental United States, so that in itself will be a stepping stone for me. Also, Hawaii’s culture seems to be very different than that of Kentucky’s or any of the other places I’ve visited so I’m eager to see what it is like.
I am already planning to visit different places in the future. Next summer there is a study abroad trip to Japan. This trip is focusing on digital filmmaking which is part of my major so I am very interested in it. It will be chance for me not only to have a fun summer trip in a different country but also to learn more about my major and my future career. Hopefully, I can find more new exciting places to travel to each year or so.