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Sara Griffith '05
Study Abroad Location: Liverpool Hope University
Program Duration: Fall 2002
Favorite Memory: Walking out of the subway and catching that first gasp of fresh air for the first time in 20 hours with your eyes closed, knowing that you are not in America anymore. You have stepped out of your comfort zone. You are now in a place where nobody knows you and you cannot run to home to your parents for help. Releasing this was something that I will never forget. The first day that my friend Dani and I were in England, we took a tour through the London streets on a double-decker bus. Being up for 25 hours and finding our way back to our hostel seemed like the impossible. This was the first time in my life that I felt as if I was on my own and I loved it. After making it back to the hostel safe and alive, I felt like I could do anything I put my mind to. I knew having God on our side, that we would make it, but actually making it back to the hostel made me feel more confident than ever. This is something that I don't think I would have gained by not going to England.
Advice: To those on their way or even thinking about going - GO!!! During the months before my plane took off I found myself scared, asking why I had signed up and if I could get out of it. A friend told me not to think about it. "Just go," he said, "and you will not regret it." He was right. And so I say to all those thinking about it, don't think about all that could go wrong. Think about all that you would miss by not going. The life over there is so different. Never again in your life will you have a chance to go overseas and live as a student. You will make friends from all over the world when you come back. I know I did, and I would not trade those 3 months in England for anything!!