Chiavari, Italy….one of the possibilities as a temporary home this summer…how beautiful it is and would be to experience the Italian way of life while immersing myself in the language and culture.
I’m at a crossroad…there’s almost no hope for me to graduate on time because of losing credits when I transferred, but I have several options on how to solve this problem and make it less time at school before entering the real world (although more time to prepare can hardly be considered a bad thing):
1. 3 summer courses….I specifically say three, because three courses are the courses I can’t fit into my schedule if I wanted to graduate in the spring of 2015. This would mean staying in my lovely apartment, working my butt off, coaching, and attending three classes throughout whichever section of summer I choose. The cost effective method and I can’t say I mind Charleston.
2. Chiavari, Italy….a choice I hadn’t considered much up until today when my professor specifically pulled me aside to tell me he recommends I go and would excel (and enjoy) in my time there. This option is one month doing italian 201/202 (my last language courses) three days a week for six hours and then spending the rest of my time exploring Italy with the other students. After talking to my brother about his amazing experiences in Italy with the addition of my travel bug I can’t seem to shake this seems like the most exciting option. Not only do I get to immerse myself in the language and culture, but it clears up my schedule so that two of the three courses will fit into my regular academic year leaving me with just one summer course to take. So many benefits, but another month abroad is expensive and puts a dent in the plan I had created for myself for the summer: work, internship, volunteer, coach (not much fun planned in).
3. Stay an extra semester and graduate in the winter of 2015. As I said before I love the city I live in along with the people I’ve met here, so staying an extra semester wouldn’t be so bad….both the previous options are however much less expensive than staying an extra semester. Satying an extra semester provides me with more time to gain experience and more time to find an elusive job in the real world…both things I could use.
While I struggle with this decision I can only know that whatever path I choose to take, it will always be an adventure and I’ll have the support of the people I love most. Wish me luck!