I have finally returned from my 3 and a half month study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. First, this experience would not have been possible without my parents and their support. I enjoyed every second I had across the Atlantic Ocean and in the 9 countries I was fortunate enough to visit. Living in Europe was incredible, from the culture and food to living in a city as opposed to small town Waterville. I would encourage every student, regardless of where they decide to study, to not be afraid and branch out. During my time abroad I was able to meet and develop relationships with friends from Middlebury, Hamilton, Georgetown, and Wake Forest to name a few. We came into Prague as strangers but left as close friends with plans to stay in touch upon returning home. I think not being shy and having the confidence to build a social bubble outside of Colby is immense because the network will only help after graduation. Having been able to travel around Europe I was blown away by the unique cultures within a small radius of each other. I enjoyed the ability to immerse myself, not as a tourist, but as someone getting to live their for multiple weeks.
Having already been to Europe as well as Mexico and other Central American countries I have loved to travel and explore. This experience only furthered my love for travel and made me want to continue after I graduate. I have two cousins who went to Australia after they graduated and have loved it so much that they have only been home once in the past 2 years. I would not change a single thing about my abroad experience because it was everything I envisioned and more. The trips, friends, long nights, and spontaneous events made it all worth the time away from family, Colby, and the U.S.. In fact my three roommates and I wish we were able to spend a full year abroad it was that enjoyable. I hope every Colby student is able to have the same experience I did because it truly opens ones eyes to a world outside of the Colby bubble.