Study Abroad Tip Of The Week: Be comfortable in your own skin as you step out of your comfort zone.
Not to date myself, but it was 15 years ago today that I arrived in Sevilla, Spain to study abroad. As exciting as the whole thing was I was also filled with nervousness. Everything was new and different. Half of the students seemed to already know each other from back home and I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit in with them and at the same time adapt to my new andalusian home.
We all have our insecurities and being in new situations can shine a spotlight on them. It’s ironic, but I’ve found that one of the keys to living outside your comfort zone is fully embracing the very things you’re insecure about. Don’t be afraid to show people all of you, quirks and flaws included. Your willingness to be vulnerable will invite others to do the same and make it possible for authentic connection.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Study Abroad goes by really fast. Don’t waste time being self-conscious and worrying about what others think. Practice being comfortable in your own skin.