Departing from This Familiar World

27 Aug

This is the first post of the blog I will be keeping while studying in Alicante, Spain during the Fall 2010 semester.  That’s right, I said Spain.  Exciting, yes?

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Idolina Doyka, and I am a junior at Purdue University studying Youth, Adult, and Family Services while also minoring in Psychology and Spanish.  As of now, my future career plans include becoming a marriage and family therapist, but I’m open for any new opportunities that could inspire me 🙂  The Spanish minor appears to be random, but honestly, I just think learning the language is so much fun.  I first started studying Spanish in high school, but it wasn’t until I began studying it in college that I truly fell in love with the language.  In addition, my mother’s side of the family has Spanish roots, so it’s nice to be in touch with some family history.  Then not to mention, it wouldn’t hurt to—hopefully—someday speak it fluently.

I’m guessing you probably want the answer to the same question that nearly everyone has asked me:  Why study abroad?  It seems crazy, right?  I mean seriously, what kind of person decides to abandon their routine life, study for 4 months in a foreign country that does not speak their native language, while leaving behind everything familiar to them?  Well, I’m apparently one of those crazy people! In my opinion, it’s not for everyone, and for those that do wish to embark on this journey, there will still be many challenges.  For me, it takes the love of needing to learn more about a culture, language, and lifestyle.  Studying abroad gives me the opportunity to fully immerse myself in the Spanish culture, and in my opinion, there’s no better way to learn.

Now somehow I am just one day from departure.  Tomorrow I will be on my way to Alicante—a beautiful Mediterranean city situated along the Costa Blanca!  With as much as I have been looking forward to this, I have no idea how it crept up on me so quickly.  Although I have less than 24 hours until my flight departs, I still feel as if I have a list of a million and one things to check and recheck.  Packing in itself has been a huge challenge—my attachment to my clothes is a little more than ridiculous.  All in all, it’s taken a lot of time, commitment and preparation to get to this point.  I have thought about studying abroad for several years, and here I am, finally doing it.  Yet, it still feels so surreal.  Who knows when reality will hit, but I’m sure when it does, it’ll be pretty overwhelming—in a good way, let’s hope 🙂

Well, my first blog is coming to a close.  Here’s to all my friends, family, loved ones, and those who I am yet to meet!  Beautiful Espana, here I come!

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