July 28th 2021
We have reached the final week in my virtual study abroad adventure. It’s crazy to think that four weeks have gone by so quickly, and before I know it, I’ll be starting graduate school. While this experience was far from what I had planned on, it still taught me a lot about myself as a student, something I didn’t think possible after four years of college.
After entering with a slightly pessimistic view, I quickly learned that I am often quick to make judgements of situations before giving them a fair shot. I think, through being open to the material in my classes and the online platform themselves, I was able to begin to overcome this. I saw a transfer of this optimism in my personal life as well. I signed up for a challenge with my gym that I would have never considered previously. I love to workout but when it comes to diet, I am stubborn and often have a hard time accepting advice from others. When the gym announced a diet challenge at first I found myself ignoring it as usual. But then I realized I was falling into the same habit of pessimism without giving it a shot. I convinced my mom to join the challenge with me and we’re now three weeks into a challenging but rewarding diet that is helping better our relationship with eating. I wouldn’t say I love the diet but I do think I have learned some good habits that I can transfer to my everyday eating and I’m glad that I gave it shot. And I must admit, my abs are beginning to show so it definitely delivered results.
Through the intense analyzation in my Spanish art class, I have learned that art is a product of historical events and captures the emotions of those times perhaps better than anything else. I also learned that it is something you can see happening in real time. The art being produced today is a depiction of feelings people are experiencing in their current state. As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed last week, I caught myself actually analyzing a painting from a girl I follow who often posts her work. I realized her work is often very abstractly feminist while more obviously supporting black women and their beauty. I also noticed many similar techniques to that of Pablo Picasso, something I’m sure my professor would have loved.
I also learned that I am capable of adjusting and managing school in difficult circumstances. I found a way to motivate myself through an intense four weeks and 5:30am classes. Now more than ever, as we face an uncertain fall and I start a new chapter in my academic journey, knowing that I am more flexible than I thought I was is comforting. Finishing my degrees in an unusual setting gave me comfort as this unknown chapter approaches. I know that I will make it through these next couple years regardless of what they have in store and that I will reach my goals.