Hi Family & Friends!
As it was a great 2013, this 2014 year is going to be awesome! In June 2014, I will be spending 5 weeks studying abroad in England & Scotland for school - how exciting!! I will be using Tumblr to keep you all up to date as to what is going on while away in Europe!
This study abroad will cover both my World Politics and International Development majors. The 30 of us going will spend 5 weeks studying and seeing what parts of Western Europe have to offer students pursuing degrees in Political Science, and also open up our eyes to what the world has to offer from an educational standpoint. (so no, no golf will be played in Scotland as my father seems to think HE will be doing when HE comes and visits. ;) )
To add to the above excitement, we also are allowed 2 long travel weekends to see more of Europe. Per the distance we are allowed to travel is unlimited and we don’t jet off to China or the Middle East, I’m planning on taking a trip or two to Eastern Europe! I bet you are wondering why Eastern Europe…
The reasons behind the want to travel to see the eastern countries in Europe stem from being touched at a young age during the break-up of the Yugoslavia empire and the civil wars that were going on in the 1990’s. When I was in 3rd grade I saw on the news that those countries were going through a civil war and it broke my heart. I knew that my mom’s family was involved in the wars and it hit me hard. In addition to that, my mother’s heritage comes from Eastern Europe in the country of Croatia. So from a young age of 9 years old I knew I wanted to make it a better place, and I also wanted to walk on the ground that my family once lived and walked. Now that I have the chance, I pray that we are allowed to see the eastern part of Europe so that so many of the above things can be…well…seen. The above is one of the main reasons as to why I went into Political Science and International Development (in the hopes of ending up in Eastern Europe one day) and to think it started at age 9…crazy, but good things are to come!
So from now until I leave in June and return in August, I will update this website so you all can keep up with what is going on. From January to June nothing too much will be posted, but from June to August I will update this site at least 2 if not 3 times per week. As my family and friends I’m sure you’ll want to know what I’m up to and you can bet you will be kept posted. I will post the link on Facebook (FB) and email those of you who want to receive emails about Tumblr updates. I’m not 100% sure how to use Tumblr yet but we’ll work together to figure it out! :)
Keep an eye out for new posts and emails!
Happy 2014 - let’s make it a good year!