It is not often that most of us are able to take 20 minutes out to reflect on the passing days and coming weeks. I, for one, have surely been unable to stop and think about everything that has happened to me over the past month. However, as I sit here in the biblioteca (library) of the school in Sevilla, España that I have been attending, I begin to recognize just how many firsts and how many challenges the past month has brought to me.
From losing my luggage, to not understanding anything that was said to me, to taking a French Class in Spanish, to contracting the Flu, and to taking my first online course, I have been hit with everything over the past month. All of these challenges seemed enough for me to want to be on the first flight back to normalcy, but I have come to realize that it is because all of these challenges that my past month has been one so filled with discovery and adventure.
I came into both the exchange program in Spain and into this AP US GOV online course with very few expectations. I truly had no idea how I would get through one of them, let alone both at once. However, I can assure you all that I have been pleasantly surprised.
I have been so greatly enjoying having all day, every day filled with learning. My mornings are filled with the exploration of the Spanish culture, and the afternoons are filled with the exploration of my home. However, I will admit that bringing myself to study when the weather is 68 degrees and the sun is shinning, can be quite difficult, but my fascination with political science drives me to look forward to coming home from school everyday and learning something new about the United Sates Constitution while working with girls across America.
Because of AP GOV, over the past month, I have developed a true appreciation and respect for the strength, beauty, and vitality of the United States. I feel so privileged to be able to continue my passion of studying political science in the midst of learning about a new culture. There is also always a certain feeling of accomplishment every time I am able to press Hand In or Post on the Haiku Page. For me, being hours ahead and still able to press “post” on time is proof that I am able to challenge myself, even in the oddest and the most difficult of circumstances.
Both the AP GOV online course and the exchange program in Spain are such unique opportunities and challenges that I can honestly say, even within the past month I have grown so much as a person and as a student. I am truly looking forward to seeing what the coming months bring me in both learning more about our government, while at the same time exploring more about the culture of Spain.