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Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone: Preparing to Leave for Merida, Mexico 

As an art history student, I’m always seeking new ways to expand my knowledge of different cultures and their artistic traditions. That’s why I’m so excited to be preparing for my upcoming study abroad program in Merida, Mexico. This will be my third study abroad experience, after Temple Rome and Temple Japan. However, even with previous study abroad experience, I’m feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness as I prepare for this new adventure. 

Me in class during my study abroad at Temple Rome 
Me studying abroad in the Temple Japan program 

One of the reasons I’m particularly excited about this program is because it’s new and uncharted territory for me. I’ve never been to Mexico before, and I’m eager to explore the country’s rich cultural history and artistic heritage. Merida is full of museums and galleries that I cannot wait to explore. I’m especially looking forward to visiting sites like the famous Mayan ruins, which I’ve read about in my studies but have never had the chance to see in person.  

At the same time, I’m also feeling a bit nervous about studying abroad. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and into a completely new culture and environment. You would think I would be used to that by now. That will always be intimidating, no matter how many times you do it. Each opportunity is different, and there are always challenges to face. However, I’m trying to channel my nervous energy into excitement and use it as motivation to fully embrace all the experiences that await me in Mexico. 

One of the things that makes this program different from my previous study abroad experiences is that this will be the first time without a friend or familiar face by my side. In the past, I’ve always had a friend or someone I knew during my study abroad experiences, which made it easier to navigate new environments and cultures. However, this time I’m on my own, and that’s making me feel a bit anxious. It’s weird not having someone to share the experience with. 

As I navigate this new experience, I’m reminding myself that it’s okay to feel nervous and out of my comfort zone. Studying abroad is all about stepping outside of your comfort zone and experiencing new things. I’m confident that I’ll make new friends and connections along the way and that this experience will help me grow as a person. 

As I prepare for the upcoming journey, I’m doing my best to be organized and plan ahead. I’ve created a packing list, researched local customs and traditions, and familiarized myself with the local art scene. I don’t speak Spanish, but I’ve also been practicing some basic phrases. I studied Spanish briefly in high school and know Italian, which is similar to Spanish, so I hope that will make it easier for me to communicate with locals and understand the culture. 

In addition to exploring Mexico’s rich artistic heritage, I’m also excited to experience the country’s food, music, and traditions. I can’t wait to try authentic Mexican food. I’m also looking forward to interacting with locals and hearing about their experiences and perspectives on Mexican culture and history. 

While I’m feeling a bit nervous, I’m reminding myself of the many benefits that come with studying abroad. It’s a chance to learn new things, meet new people, and broaden your horizons. It’s an opportunity to see the world from a different perspective and to challenge your own assumptions and biases. 

My bags for Mexico! Getting ready to get on the airplane~ 

As I prepare for my departure to Merida, I’m keeping an open mind and a positive attitude. I’m excited to see where this adventure will take me, and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with friends and family back home. I hope that by reading about my experiences, others will be inspired to step outside of their comfort zones and explore the world around them. 

Learn more about our new Global Good summer program in Merida, Mexico

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