by Sydney Deegan
This past summer (June 11th-21st) I went to Iceland. Let me start off by saying that it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I would do it all over again tomorrow.
I know most people will say something along those lines when they come back from a trip, but I didn’t really understand how much a place can change you until I went.
I signed up as a sophomore going into my junior year and I hadn’t talked to a single person that said they were signing up, so yes I was very intimidated. Little did I know that I would become close with every girl that went on the trip. I wasn’t sure if I should’ve applied in the first place because I was so scared yet excited about the entire trip. Although it took some time to become close with the girls, we were able to really bond, especially during the first few nights. I noticed the first night in the hotel that everyone was a little uncomfortable being in such foreign settings. I found comfort in the fact that even though we were nervous, we were all ecstatic to continue on this journey.
With this all kept in mind, I have to say I do not have a single regret in sending that application in. Those ten days in Iceland were absolutely incredible. The experiences I shared with all of my friends and two incredible chaperones are ones that I cannot even put into words. Moral of the story: don’t be afraid to apply for a trip! The concept of traveling and leaving everything you know and are comfortable with can be pretty scary, but it’s worth being able to see one small part of our vast world. Like I said before, you can never really appreciate someone else’s experiences unless you broaden your horizons. No explanation or picture will do justice to everything you will see or eat or feel, but the experience and people you come to know is something you will always remember.