It actually happened. I, Emily Griffin, blinked my eyes and somehow ended up as a junior in college and have started a new adventure that I’ve been thinking about since I started my college experience at Wofford. I’m headed to Granada, Spain for 4 months to begin my study abroad adventure. Right now, I’m headed to Boston. From Boston, I will go to Madrid, and from Madrid, I will go to Málaga, a city outside of Granada. Later this week, we will bus to Granada.
I’ve had more emotions today that I thought I would have. I have always been extremely independent, and I have always been ready to do things on my own. I also love to travel, so I thought my packing up and departure would be nearly emotionless. And while I am ecstatic, I mean, literally over-the-moon ready for my new adventures abroad, there are a few things I will miss about the United States, and particularly, the South and Wofford College:
1) I think it would be a disrespect to the restaurant if I didn’t say I’m going to miss Chick-fil-A. The chicken minis are just too good to not think about their absence in my life until December.
2) Family and friends back home. My oldest sister is having a baby next week and I’m sad that I’m just merely missing that life event.
3) The community at Wofford – a place where you always see a familiar face and can receive help when needed.
and, 4) How helpful and loving people of this nation are. As I leave the United States in the wake of a natural disaster in Texas and Louisiana, I’ve been reminded that while I have certainly been discouraged by our current political climate and by the atrocities that happen around the country daily, I am still in a country where so many people choose to be good to others. A country that cares for others in times of need. This makes me sure that there is more good than bad in both this nation and the world.
I am eager to see how people care and love for each other in Granada, as well.
I am so ready to share my experiences to those back in the U.S., and I cannot wait to see all of the good and beautiful things that Granada has to offer.