As a Global Engagement Fellow, I’m required to study abroad at least twice. Admittedly, that’s the very reason I applied to the program. Why not be given money to do something that I wanted to in the first place? Ever since I was accepted, my life started to complicate itself, making decisions on where to go that much harder.
The reasons my life became complicated can be traced to a certain young man by the name of Jon Rose. He and I have been dating for a long time, and last July he asked me to marry him. I said yes. That one simple question–and answer–has made the plans to study abroad much more difficult. He isn’t attending OU, so having him participate in the same program isn’t an option. I can’t just leave my husband behind for a semester abroad; he has to come with me (for my sake as well as his). As for summer trips, he will either come along or I will likely choose the shortest trip I can find that would still be beneficial to me.
My original plan, before that unexpected development, had been to travel 1 or 2 summers (perhaps do a Journey program), and then live in Italy for a year. Then I considered going to France for a semester and Brazil for a summer. After that, I started looking into Middle Eastern programs. Now, I’m back to Italy.
The current plan is to study abroad in Italy for a semester, through a university exchange with the University of Bologna. That will work out nicely for me, as my National Merit scholarship will cover my tuition and fees. Hooray for scholarships! This program will cover my requirements to study abroad both as a Global Engagement Fellow and for my major of International Business. My Fellowship scholarship will help with food and housing, making it more affordable for Jon to come along. I’ll do courses that will count to my International Studies minor and towards my general requirements. Outside of class and being with Jon, I’m hoping to make some friends, and also to attend church. As for my summer trip, I will likely do the Price College of Business capstone program in Spain. That one is still up in the air, but is a very attractive option.
It has taken a lot of work, but the puzzle pieces of my complicated life are starting to fall into place. This is wonderful, but it also worries me. In my past experience, it is when everything looks wonderful that I’m about to be hit with a big challenge.
Bring it on.