3,812 Miles. According to Google Maps, that’s the distance from Purdue University to Lancaster University. Google also told me I couldn’t get there by walking, driving, or bicycling. Thanks, Google.
But, really—I’ve been asked this question a lot. Why? Why am I flying 3,812 miles with absolutely no one I know, to a place I’ve never been before, to study the same subjects that I could study in West Lafayette, Indiana at the age of 19?
Glad you asked. Those are actually the exact reasons why I’m going!
I have never been in a place where I don’t know anyone. I’ve always been really comfortable, in a safe and predictable environment. A lot of people would say I haven’t had to deal with a lot of challenges. Now, I fully believe that life offers enough challenges of its own, no matter where we are located. But, my point in all of this is that I want to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone and to see who I am and what I’m made of away from everything I know.
Not only will I not know anyone around me, but the culture and scenery will all be different. I have always had an appetite for adventure and a thirst to see and experience new things and when I think about the chance to go abroad for six months in a brand new place of discovery, my heart leaps with excitement!
And lastly, I get to do all of this at the young age of nineteen while also getting my education! I will be an exchange student, so the cost will be the same as being at Purdue. Getting Credit while living in the United Kingdom? I think yes! I have heard from so many people that their one regret after school was that they didn’t study abroad. I don’t want to leave with that regret. And for real—at what other point in my life will I be able to be in Europe for six months AND earn credit for it??