2014: The Year of Challenges

I remember when I first got accepted into my university degree at the end of 2010. I literally screamed. I felt so much pride and relief that my hard work during the last year of high school had paid off and that I managed to get the marks I needed to do a combined degree at The University of Technology, Sydney. The biggest perk was that I would be able to study overseas during the fourth year of my university life.

Well, the fourth year has come. It’s 2014. My ticket to Switzerland has been bought, my Swiss student visa approved. All that’s left is a luggage to fill and a heart to make courageous.

I’m the type of person that likes to make new year’s resolutions and reflect back on them at the end of the year to see whether I’ve achieved what I intended. This year, I’ve labelled my year the YEAR OF CHALLENGES. I know that I will face many challenges during my year abroad. I am relatively weak-hearted and frightful which will make living in a whole other country extremely difficult, especially in a country where their national language is not English. I know I’ll experience culture shock and that there will be times when I wish I was back in Sydney in a state of comfort and familiarity but if I can overcome those emotions I know I’ll be a better and stronger person because of it.

So, the more challenges I face this year, the better. These are some of my new year’s resolutions:

  2. Be confident in speaking French
  3. Learn another language- either Swedish or German (or maybe even both!)
  4. Document every single day in my diary
  5. Make at least one video a month
  6. Write and publish at least one blog entry a week
  7. Make a few Swiss friends
  8. Go paragliding in Switzerland
  9. Go skiing for the first time
  10. Swim in a lake

It’s so hard to explain the feelings that are inside me during the lead up to my departure- it’s a mixture of excitement and incredulous fear. I’ve noticed that I’ve had a much deeper appreciation for Sydney in the past few days, which I know will make my homesickness incredibly severe when I land in Switzerland. But this is good. I need a new experience and to break away from my day-to-day routine.

So bring it on, 2014.