Hello, 2018

The year is 2018. This year I study abroad. At the time this is published, I leave in three weeks.

Ringing in the new year with the best group of friends I could ask for.

My friend group started a tradition last New Year’s Eve to kick off 2016: The Year of Opportunity. We write some of our resolutions and goals down on a piece of paper, read them to each other, fold the sheet in half, and then tuck them away in the gold and white box until next year. Last year, a lot of  the items on my sheet focused on me: quitting procrastination (which I openly failed), finding a meaningful internship, and organizing my professional network. This year, many of the things I wrote have something to do with the first five months of the year, when I’ll be studying abroad in Florence.

While I’m abroad, I hope to visit at least three countries I haven’t been to before. This is already a work in progress. I kept hesitating to book my spring break trip. I wanted to go to France and Spain or Eastern Europe or maybe just something different all together. Finally I returned to the original plan, no matter how many times people tell me that Paris is overrated, I still want to go. My roommate and I booked a hostel for Paris for the second half of spring break. Plans still need to be made for the first half, with a heavy lean towards Barcelona or somewhere else in Spain. Spring break alone could cross off two countries out of my three country goal!

In Paris, I will visit the Louvre, a museum nerd’s paradise. A visit to the Louvre will help with another 2018 goal: working on my bucket list.

Maybe my adventures in Europe will lead to another meaningful and different internship…there’s some possibility of an internship at a museum in Cologne, Germany, but only time will tell.

In a way, I made my first solo trip last year, going from Selinsgrove, PA to Boston, MA through Philadelphia and an overnight at my first hostel in NYC. For some reason, this didn’t feel like a true “solo trip” to me. My mom helped me out on the second leg of the trip, driving me from home to Philadelphia. Once I arrived in Boston (well, after a full day of being at the conference), my friend Elizabeth picked me up and I stayed at her house. What I hope to accomplish in 2018 is a true solo trip, from beginning to end.

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