As many people embark on a new journey, there is usually always a feeling of fear, excitment, and joy but this is normal when embarking into the unknown. I’ve spend most of my life always dreaming of following the passion that drives me through life and I finally have a chance to fulfill that dream in a way I could of never imagined. When I was growing up, I had dreamt of traveling, helping others, embracing a new culture, and exploring the world. I could of never imaged this would all come true and for the first time ever I have a chance to do it all while being able to study and further enhance my education. This is an opportunity many people dream of taking and very few take but this experience can only enchance a person with the world around them. When I first found out that I could study abroad, the first thing that came to mind is how can I make this be possible without having the funds to make it happen. Then, I heard about the gilman scholarship and I thought, “If I can can apply and hopefully be choosen, then I could be able to take this extraordinary experience and begin a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go to Italy!” I never thought that I would receive a scholarship like this because my whole life I’ve worked so hard to get where I am and to go to college like my parents never did. I am thankful to be able to have this opportunity.
As of right now, I am 5 days away from leaving America and beginning my journey abroad to a country and continent I have never been. This idea completely scares me but also absolutely excites me because it is something I have always wanted and wished to come true since I was a little girl. With the limited resources and the gilman scholarship, I am able to achieve my goal and I could not be more grateful.
I cannot wait to see what this year abroad will do.