One thing that surprised me during my experience here was the corona virus. This virus had originally broke out in the news around January and I never thought it would get this bad and have such a big impact on my study abroad experience. It has spread all across Europe and the U.S. like wild fire becoming a global pandemic and with the media hyping it up even more many people are getting sent home by their home schools. Some of my suite-mates and friends here have already been either sent home or been recommended to come home. It really is sad because for myself and most, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something like this. With a majority of European countries having corona virus cases, travel outside of my location is strongly not recommended so all I can do is hope this virus disappears and I don’t get sent home. Honestly, I think this is probably the worst possible situation that could have happened for someone in my situation besides a nuclear attack. I might be exaggerating a little there, but I had originally planned on doing a majority of my travel in April and hitting nine or ten countries but as of right now its not looking good. 🙁 Enough of the negatives though!
Another thing that surprised me during my experience is that I my mental is stronger than I thought. I’m not worried about much here and I can feel myself becoming stronger everyday. I think with being abroad and traveling you gain many different perspectives and with those perspectives it gives you the ability to put more together and grow your mind. I also have realized that I am more resilient than I thought. There have been tough and stressful situations but I have found ways to bounce back and turn the negatives into positives with ease. Overall, this virus has been the biggest surprise. At this point in time my continuation here will be determined by next week so I really hope my time here does not get cut short. Currently it is safer here than being in the U.S but only time will tell.