One Ending and Another Beginning
Posted by Andy Steves in on September 15, 2010.
People talk about senioritis at the end of high school as a lack of motivation due to collegiate-acceptance goals already being achieved. There’s no sense in killing yourself for a 4.0 when you’re already decided where you’re heading for college. For me, entering my fourth year of University, I’ve noticed I never really found a cure for my senioritis. It goes into remission every year in late August only to come back again the next February or so. What I’m trying to say is I was impressed with my blogging diligence through my semester in Rome, but as soon as school was out for summer, that diligence went right out the window. I have, however, made a shorter, more anecdotal type of journal for the month of free time I had in Europe after our school time was over. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the chronicles of my times during 2008 in Europe. But it’s not over yet!
Five months ago, when I landed in Rome for my semester abroad, I figured since I was over in Europe already, why end the experience when school did? Why not stay over for as long as possible. So I stayed on and enjoyed an extra month to do whatever I wished…and whatever my budget could handle. Here’s how it broke down: a week in Greece, a week in Istanbul, and a week in Switzerland. I capped my year’s travels with a two-week program to study industrial design (my major) split between London and Milano. Read on…
I definitely have WSA to thank for my exceptional experience in Amsterdam. One would think 4 days isn't enough to tour a city but WSA facilitated an optimum weekend full of sightseeing and fun. Amsterdam may have a notorious reputation for its lax drug and sex culture but there’s so much more to the city. Luckily, our tour guide, Arthur, native to the Netherlands, steered us away from the tourist traps and showed us around his beloved city, highlighting all of its gems. I'd definitely like to try other WSA trips in the future. It's hassle free traveling with an awesome itinerary - nice that the tour guides are flexible with the schedule and willing to cater the itinerary to the group's interest! Highly recommend WSA to any student with only a weekend to see a city.Lauren Wallender, Elon University ~ Fall 2014
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