Well, a lot has happened since my last post, most notably the fact that I will not be attending the University of Marburg this fall.
I have instead chosen to defer my studies abroad until spring 2017. (For real this time.) I won’t go too much into the whys and hows, but suffice it to say that my finances were less enthusiastic than my ambitions.
However, this has only given me more time to plan my courses, both domestically and internationally, budget for travel, and think more critically about the future. One thing I regret is that I will not be able to experience Oktoberfest-but there is always next year! (and the year after that, and the year after that, etc.)
From February to June, I will be overseas. I plan to begin the first leg of my journey in London, U.K. (shout out #Brexit for the amazing flight rates), then go on to Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; Frankfurt, Germany; and finally, Marburg!
After months of planning, the initial uncertainty about my ability to go to Germany this fall was incredibly discouraging. Would I have to drop my international studies minor, since going abroad to conduct research is necessary for completion? What would I tell my family and friends, who had listened contentedly every time I talked their ears off about my plans? When would I be able to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad with peers from around the world, if ever?
Luckily, things worked out for me. Though the finances were, and still remain, a concern, the scholarship I won through SDSU, along with my student loans, will be a great help. My parents will also be hosting a fundraising party on my behalf, complete with games, raffles, and beer tasting, in the spirit of Oktoberfest in just a few weeks!
I had a little too much time on my hands (per usual) and drafted my own “press release” using the skills I learned in my JMS220 Writing for Mass Media course, which I will be sending it out to family and friends. Oktoberfest Fundraiser Press Release
In my opinion, everything truly happens for a reason. I believe that no matter which setbacks one faces, he or she will one day come to realize just why those challenges plagued them. In the grand scheme of things, my speed bump is not a big deal; I am still fortunate enough to be planning my semester abroad, just a little later than I had originally intended. I cannot say I’d be in this position without the help and unconditional support of my parents, sister, pseudo-sister, friends, and other family.
Here’s to the next chapter; I’m hoping it will be a great one!