Traveling Europe before I have to settle down.

I am so close to graduating and joining corporate America. Technically, I walked at the end of the Spring and only have this summer semester before I am done. I have always wanted to travel more and do it independently. I wanted to be able to test myself and see how I would do in a foreign country without knowing anyone. Being alone really scared me at first, but I realized that it was the best decision I could have made. It forced me to open up to other people and got me out of my comfort zone. I have forced myself to be more extroverted and speak up for myself. This will really prepare me for when I move to a new city not knowing anyone or how to get around. I have been exposed to so many different people, cultures, and locations that now I can use my experience to impact where I end up at.

I wanted to have this summer abroad to be able to explore the world. My biggest concern since I was younger was that I would do four years of college, find a job, settle down, and never get to live in a foreign country. I am someone who likes to play things safe and not do anything too risky. Honestly, this study abroad trip for three months is the biggest risk I have ever taken in my life. This trip was a big risk by being away from my friends and family for a long period of time. But it was so worth the risk. I truly hope my takeaway from this trip will be my personal growth towards independence and becoming more culturally aware. I have truly enjoyed my experience and believe that studying abroad was exactly what I needed to prepare me for graduating.

Love, Lana Leo

This is a photo of me next to a fountain in Rome! The Trevi was too crowded at the time.