Gotham City

by Lee

After an absolutely crazy week of essay writing, I decided to simply keep writing but rather for pleasure at this instance. I haven’t blogged about my intentions to study abroad in the US next semester, so I thought now would be a great opportunity to do so.

At the beginning of this academic year I came to the conclusion that before I graduated, I had to do something out of the ordinary and fun as I have no clue what kind of challenges and possible difficulties I will have to face once university is over and done with. A couple of people I respect, told me that studying abroad would make my CV look more attractive to employers. The many other positive arguments they presented ultimately convinced me and made the decision-making quite easy. On top of that, my boyfriend is American, he studies and lives in Iowa which was only an additional incentive to go through with the process and yes, I did try to find a way to study at his  school, which unfortunately didn’t work out in the end. Obviously that was a huge disappointment for both of us since my other options were either East Coast or West Coast, thus a long way from the Midwest. However we got over it and we changed our perspectives on the situation. After all, I will be in the same country as him and the 6-hour time difference will be reduced to a 1-hour difference. It will still take us a couple of hours on a plane to be able to spend time together but it’s OK. 950 miles are better than 4,000 miles, right? Gratitude is the key factor here and my gratitude at this stage is infinite.

Many places are 950 miles away from my boyfriend’s university but one of those places is Riverdale in New York City, which is the place I will be going to and studying at for 5 to 6 months. I’ve never been to New York. Actually, I’ve never been on the East Coast. Chicago is the only major US city I’ve been to and I grew to love it in many ways. O’hare almost feels like a second home to me now — after London Heathrow, that is. I’m looking forward to jumping into this whole new experience and I will make sure to tell you all about it.

In about a month my second year at St Mary’s will come to an end, which means I’m only one year away from graduating. It is a scary thought. I know I’m not the only student dealing with uncertainty and fear, which is a little comforting. The path to adulthood isn’t an easy one at all, that’s what I’ve learnt so far. Major life changes like this one are utterly daunting but I know that everything will be OK somehow.

Manhattan Bridge, 1909