A Week in Switzerland | First Glimpse
Isabelle N August 29, 2016
It probably won't come as a surprise to those of you who've previously studied abroad, but I have only been gone for a week which has felt like several jam-packed months. Most of this past first week has felt like an adult summer camp, with orientation activities including a tour of town, a delicious gelato truck, and a trip on a bus to the Valle Verzasca. From a million introductions and exchanges with new classmates to my first day of college classes today (ahhh!), it has been overwhelming but most definitely exciting. It is hard to believe that it was only one week ago that I embarked on my next adventure abroad, having mini-freakout as I walked through JFK airport all by myself. Admittedly, I was on the fence when I first arrived...it didn't seem like college was quite my speed or that being here was right for me. However, with time, I am slowly adjusting and will hopefully learn to manage my work load. I had four classes today, and I have too many syllabi to read in one evening. But it doesn't hurt one bit that I am surrounded by such beautiful scenery! We are just a short, but (beyond) treacherous walk on an incline away from the lake and downtown Lugano. My friends and I have been exploring, finding ourselves on the free beach by this garden and grabbing dinner in town for a change from the dining hall at school. I, of course, always have my camera in tow, and I have been having a blast snapping away as I explore this area. The funny thing, however, is that within a month, the beautiful scenery will feel so commonplace. Just as living in France became my "new-normal", seeing mountains outside through the windows of my room will be ordinary. Hopefully I'll be able to say the same about tackling college courses!
Even though I am abroad and living out an amazing experience, I'm not sure how often I'll be able to blog about it. My schooling in Switzerland starkly contrasts from that of France, especially because I am now in college taking much more difficult courses. However, I will definitely be back for photo roundups as they accumulate. Keep checking this space for updates! Thank you all for following my explorations. xoxo Isabelle