I have not studied abroad yet — I hope to next summer, but it is still a work in progress. However, to hear positive stories from other Fellows was so amazing. One girl who studied abroad in China signed herself up for a 30 K (or something along those lines) on a whim, which is a very, very long run. It started in a car dealership, went down a high way, through the woods, passed what she described as a Buddhist temple and up hills that were basically vertical — all the while surrounded by people that she barely spoke the language. Another guy who studied in Italy told a story of when a few friends and he visited a secret beach that he got to via a tunnel through the woods. It was a beautiful beach, with white sand and bright blue water — that also happened to be full of jelly fish. The guy ended up being stung, but he and his friends were at this secluded beach in the middle of Italy with no medicine to fix it. Just when one of his friends suggested to pee on it, an elderly Italian man wearing nothing but a speedo waved him over and gave him some random medicine (which, thinking back, he said may not have been a good decision– taking mysterious drugs from a stranger) that stopped the pain.
Moral of these stories: I cannot wait to study abroad. Although I do not necessarily want to get stung by a jelly fish in a secret Italian beach or run through a Buddhist temple in China, I want to have the random and amusing stories to tell.