Sunday, May 11, 2014

Grandes Sueños: From the Beginning

In just 8 short days, I will be going to San Sebastian, Spain to study abroad!  So, before I get too much into how extremely excited and terrified I am to travel alone (minus the fact that my friend, Molly will be studying in another city about 4 hours from me), across the ocean to a foreign country to stay with a family that I know nothing about and study in an unfamiliar city for 5 weeks, I'll tell you a little bit about my intriguing life in the small town of Ada, Ohio.  

I am 19 and have lived in Ada for my whole life.  I love everything about this small town from the friday night high school football games, the small town festivals, and how everybody knows everybody.  I am so blessed to have grown up here with the best family and friends I could ask for.  I graduated high school last year, not knowing quite what God had in store for me.  I always knew I wanted to do something medical when I went to school so naturally, I followed by brother and sister's footsteps and applied for Pharmacy school at Ohio Northern University (that makes, soon-to-be, 5 Pharmacists in the family.. needless to say, my parents will be set in about 40 years when they don't know one medication from the next!).  This was the last place I would've wanted to go 2 years ago.  I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and go somewhere where I could do big things and meet new people, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go to school at one of the best Pharmacy programs around.  I learned that God's timing is perfect and that my own plans can be selfish.  

"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." -Proverbs 19:21

I came to ONU to run track, and study Pharmacy, and never imagined how much of an impact my first year of college could have on my entire life, even though I never left the "Ada bubble."  I met soo many great people, even though my social life was lacking with all the studying I was doing.  BUT, that's besides the point because guess what??? It's SUMMER! I don't know whyyyy… but I've always loved the idea of summer, and sun, and all things hottt.. (to all you 'Frozen' fans out there.. sorry, couldn't help it, I'm obsessed.) -Olaf, the snowman.

So, I guess that brings me to why on earth I am going to Spain in a week.  After months of talking with the study abroad office and my spanish advisor, waiting for placement test results and approval for a late application to USAC, and countless prayers, my fantasy for traveling the world and studying abroad in Spain will finally become a reality.  Somehow all the pieces fell perfectly into place after I didn't think it would be possible to get into the classes that I need for my Spanish minor after I passed the deadline to apply for the program.  It's no wonder I made it though finals week without going crazy and thinking about my trip to Spain in the next couple of weeks!! 

That pretty much sums up the past few months of my life- So until next time, Hasta luego! 

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