Something that is very important to me is time spent alone. I am a fairly introverted person, and I often need to take a break from others in order to rest my mind. I am highly stimulated in the presence of a lot of people, and can become exhausted quickly in social situations. I still consider myself a people person, and a people-pleaser, at that, but I require ample amounts of “me” time to recharge from all of the stimuli.
I have realized that while I am at home it is easy for me to ignore the rest of the world for a little while and obtain this precious “me” time, but while I am abroad it will not be so easy. I like to spend time alone in places I am familiar with and where I can put everything in my mind at ease. While abroad, there may be a few moments in the day when I have time to rest from social exertion, but they will be fleeting, and in places previously unknown to me. I will also always be traveling in a group for safety, which will make complete solitude a bit difficult.
Fortunately, I also know that I will often be too excited to get out and absorb as much as I can to calm down and let myself get comfortable. Hopefully, this excitement will help boost my energy level so that I can continue onward, and only realize how exhausted I am when it is time for the physical rest of sleep.
Whatever happens, I know that I will only grow from the experience. Maybe when I arrive home, I will realize that I need to spend less time alone than I did before my studies abroad. Perhaps when I get back it will make me value that alone time even more than I do currently. There are so many ways to grow from studying abroad I can’t possibly foresee all of them, I can only wonder at the possibilities.