I’m Gonna Miss It Here
With the cold weather seeming like its here to stay a while and all of my friends starting to head home for Winter Break, a constant thought in everything I do has been “I’m going to miss Vandy next semester.” (For those who missed my blog post First Post/ I’m Going to Rome! I will be studying abroad for the Spring semester at the ICCS in Rome.) I hear friends planning trips for Spring Break and all of the things they can’t wait to do together next semester and I realize how much I’m going to miss being here for even one semester. Five semesters in a row here has been amazing and I really can’t imagine what it will be like to spend an entire semester studying somewhere else.
But then I remind myself where I’m going to be. I’m going to be in ROME! Surrounded by the remains of Classical history and getting the opportunity to immerse myself in a whole different culture. I am so excited to go on my trip, that any feelings of doubt or missing Vandy are quickly forgotten when I start to think about all of the sites I’ll get to see. Life at Vanderbilt is wonderful and there are plenty of sites to go see, but I am thrilled to get a chance to see all of the places and pieces of art that I have only read about in textbooks.
And I remind myself that I’ll be back at Vandy senior year for my 6th and 7th semesters here. Even after spending an entire semester away, I will be able to come back to Vandy and see all of my friends, and catch up, and get back into campus life. I imagine that my return to campus will even be improved by the semester away, since I will no doubt miss my Vandy life while in Rome. And everytime I miss it, I will remind myself how amazing it is to be in Rome for 1/8 of my college experience and how great senior year will be with an amazing study abroad experience under my belt.
I will no doubt miss Vandy, but I am sure looking forward to Rome!