Over the last twenty-one years, I have been able to grow in this “home” environment that has undoubtedly shaped me into the person I am today. I have been told I have an old soul due to the music I listen to, the way I carry myself, and simply the way I treat others. In one sense of my identity, the greatest is that I can listen to anyone. Yes, I can talk to anyone, but more importantly, I have the honest patience to listen, understand, and show support for who is taking the time to confide in me. In another sense of my identity, I have the ability to find the silly in the serious. I have a very light-hearted character in that I can ease the weight of any troubling situation. This is not to be confused with immaturity. In fact, it is to be understood as a way of taking a step back and asking myself, “In a life so short, do I spend energy worrying about such a thing?” If not, I decide not to dwell on a situation, but instead bring a smile to the faces in front of me.
This term abroad will alter my identity in a way that it will open my eyes to a whole new culture I have never witnessed before. I have only been out of the United States once when I went to Canada. This trip will be different in the way that I will have no choice but to learn how to turn this stay from just a vacation to a place I can call home for the next 4 months.