Currently I sit in the kitchen of my house listening to the background chatter of a French conversation and a Spanish (dubbed) movie on television. It is wonderful to be surrounded by an abstract culture and have the ability to learn or at least try to learn another language. Today I spent a leisurely day reading and laying out by my friend’s pool. Unfortanetly I was not reading anything of high caliber sadly. School is going about at a pace that is managable enough, while I don’t feel swamped by anything I do feel the nagging tug of an ever increasing pressure to comprehend spanish. I have been thinking alot about other study abroad programs, and how cool it would be to do semester at sea and travel to all those countries, or to study in Greece and live on the Mediterranean and get free drinks for “all too suave” men. While these alternative study abroad programs inject a bit of desire into me I can not help but be more than satisfied with my decision to study in Latin America. It’s all about what you want to take out of this experience, and while those options mentioned above would be alot of fun, they don’t present much to be gained. It is one thing to immerse yourself into a new culture but then to learn a new language helps to truly aim for a goal while here. It is this developement and skill I hope to acquire and not only that but show this aquisition as a display of character and ambition when applying for other things in life (i.e. admission to grad school, jobs). Not only will I be able to harness this experience as a reference, but the true gain will be in the added rise in my person. Some days are better than others here, it is impossible to be sad , the country is beautiful and you have all the friends from the program with you, but in all honesty “friend-sickness” is a common feeling here, last week I had it at its peak I believe. Presently I’m enjoying it here still quite a bit and I don’t see that changing only building more. I just had to remind myself of the big picture , yeah my friends are good people and they are awesome but Im doing something for myself right now that will benefit me beyond belief. All you have to do is look at the big picture and you will see its more than worth it.
Time both slow and fast