I got my IB Diploma in 2016, after 12 years of school. Everyone then was talking about where they were going to start studying in the fall, and to be honest, it just sounded really exciting. So I applied to uni as well. I got in and started studying Psychology & Sociology in Scotland in the fall of 2016.
At first, I was pretty excited – a new country, new people, a new experience altogether. But there was always something missing. Before applying to uni, I always wanted to travel to New Zealand and Australia after getting my diploma, but then, when the time came, I just chickened out. I have to admit that I was too afraid to actually go through with it, and so I didn’t.
But the entire year I spent in Scotland, I didn’t feel like I was where I was supposed to be. I didn’t like my course, the city, or even the country. I missed my old friends, but most of all I was angry with myself that I wasn’t “brave” enough to travel the world.
And so, in May 2017, I chose to drop out of uni and I moved back home. For a while then, I was still thinking about finally starting to travel, but – I was still too scared. So then, at the beginning of September, I just booked my flight for November without thinking about it twice. Now I am two weeks away from traveling Australasia for 6 months, and truth be told – I couldn’t be more scared. But then again, I also couldn’t be more excited, and I do think that that’s a good mix.
Most of all though, I am proud of myself that I finally managed to get out of my comfort zone and do what I have always dreamed of.