I had plenty of concerns-money, family, the life I was going to leave behind for 2 months, the...
I had plenty of concerns-money, family, the life I was going to leave behind for 2 months, the
whole idea of traveling on my own. I went with a friend, so I felt a little safer. I was concerned
about not being able to speak the language at all, and getting accustomed to a culture that was
completely different from what I grew up in, both American and Mexican.
I am the youngest child in my family and the only girl. I’m also the first to do anything this
crazy-my brother had gone to Paris for a week, but that was with our church. By studying abroad I
was breaking the traditional values of my Latin@ family where the girls don’t usually leave home
until they are married. My father’s health was also a concern, I was worried about leaving him
behind because I am the one who usually schedules his appointments and takes him around. I had to
find help for him-I relied more on my brothers and godfather. I also worried about who was going
to be taking my mom around, handling grocery shopping and household duties. My mom was worried
about me being miles away by myself, and wanted to make sure I behaved properly! I got
encouragement from my brothers, especially the one who had traveled to Paris. They helped out a
lot more while I was gone, so that I could go and not worry so much about what was happening back