Getting ready for take off!

Oh boy,that month and a half from the time fall semester ended to the day before my departure sure did pass by quick. Here is a quick recap on my last 6 weeks in America before I left!

As soon as classes ended in the second week of December, my boyfriend Brandon and I had planned to see as many people as I could before I left. We traveled to Colorado to spend time with my parents for Christmas and New Years Day and spent the remaining time at his parents house in Arizona before we spent some time together back at our university. We got to spend time in the snow, lounge around in my parent’s cabin, see movies and do everything we had wanted to do with friends, family, and ourselves before I left!

It was nice to see everyone as the days ticked down to my departure date. I got to talk about the past, keep updated on their and my future, and get some helpful advice about traveling abroad. I gathered my supplies and my best friend’s mom graciously let me stay with her before I left as I had moved out of my apartment at my university.

It was now January 29th and it was time to say the dreaded “See you later” to Brandon. The ride to his drop off point seemed like time was going in slow motion.┬áThis is the second time I had to say this for 3 months and we are both hoping it is our last. He was my biggest encourager to pursue this once in a lifetime opportunity and for that I am grateful. If you didn’t think I was going to write about you, you were wrong my fellow and 89 days will pass before we know it!

 

Why did I chose to do this?

Hello friends, family and random internet users who have stumbled upon my blog! My name is Rachel and I have decided to take upon an academic adventure to the Netherlands to complete the last semester of my undergraduate degree. There were two options available for my class to finish their final semester: at a location of their choice or the Netherlands via an exchange program with a local university here. After traveling and living in a little mountain town for the last three and a half years for school and receiving a generous amount of grants and scholarships this year, I decided to continue my sense for adventure and┬áput in an application for the Netherlands. Well, I must’ve said and wrote something correctly because I was accepted!

There were only two spots open for this preceptorship location so you can imagine my shock when I read I was accepted! That was the only thing though, shock. I was expecting to be jumping out of my seat with excitement but I was immediately met with overwhelming anxiety and feelings of disbelief. How was I going to pay for this? What if something goes wrong while I’m over there? I just leaned how to live in this country, how can I learn how to live there within three months? The faculty in my department saw that I could do this and represent my university well and the shock turned into excitement. The weeks passed and with the support of my friends, partner and family, I decided to swallow my fears, look up with confidence that I can do this and I booked my plane ticket.

Since that moment, I have had a rollercoaster of emotions about my study abroad experience which made me think about why I wanted to do my preceptorship over here. Traveling abroad has been on of my collegiate goals since I was a freshman but due to the narrow margin of courses offered in my degree plan, I have not had the opportunity to study abroad(and I thought I never would). I have a passion for healthcare and helping others in, arguably, their most vulnerable states. I am humbled everytime someone allows me to take care of them and I wanted to know how healthcare operated in a different country. Coming from the United States where millions are without health insurance, obesity runs ramped and health is seen as a luxury, I wanted to see how the Netherlands approached it. I want to come back with the knowledge and experience to help make changes wherever I end up working at to help patients and families for the better

While I am over here,I will be completing the final 200 hours needed to test for my RN Certification at local hospitals and community sites. I will be achieving an internationalization minor as well and meeting people from all over the world! I will keep you, my internet friends, updated on this journey as I go through it! So time to pack my bags, hop on those planes, and take off!