We all know the age-old advice of setting goals before you start any new step in life. No matter what you are embarking on, everyone says you should have some sort of end vision in mind. I do not know about having an end goal in mind, but I do think that having a few achievements you would like to reach while abroad is important to realistically thinking about where you want to be after you come home.
For me, I looked at goals that I had set and reached during other major points in my life. When I started college, I wanted to be involved. I accomplished that ten-fold, but I knew that I sacrificed to make that happen. For my time abroad, I am thinking more about small things I want to do and what I hope to better about myself while I am gone. Below are my personal goals and tips on how I came to decide on these goals.
- Learn to speak Hindi conversationally and read Hindi fluently (or at least at 2nd grade level speed, haha)
- Engage deeply with locals, and see a new way of living
- Understand Political and Business environment in India through classes and newspaper reading
- Learn more about religion and spirituality in India
- Visit at least 8 different cities in India
- Volunteer outside of my required hours
- Look at social norms of US and India comparatively
I have been thinking of this for a while, but now that I am less than a month away (!) I am starting to think deeper about what I want from this trip. Part of the reason I decided to take this trip was because I felt disengaged from my daily life here. After talking with people in different stages of re-assimilation, I am worried this may make my day-to-day life here boring. I am curious about this most of all. However, I feel cautiously optimistic as two different students told me that their study abroad experience made them feel not only appreciative but more attentive of their daily life. Any thoughts? What are your goals for your journey?
Check out my instagram where for the next month I will try to post daily about my upcoming trip!