When I received the fateful email from Mike Marshall that I had a spot on the Scandinavia trip, it was like receiving a letter to attend Hogwarts. I stared in disbelief as it sank in that I was invited to go to a mysterious and fantastic land and had most of my expenses paid for. It was too good to be true, yet it was. I couldn’t believe my luck. I was only a freshman! I knew that my name had not been entered many times into the lottery for this trip. Yet, somehow against the odds, the stars aligned in my favor, and I am about to embark on one of the most unexpected journeys in my life.
I had never planned to go to Scandinavia, and I would probably never go there if it weren’t for this specific program. I had some initial hesitations, about going because I was afraid it would interfere with my plans for the summer. However, I quickly realized how I couldn’t turn down such an incredible adventure. So what if I knew barely anything about Scandinavia? I will learn about it. When an opportunity like this comes, you’ve got to take it.
Life is full of such strange twists and turns. I never imagined that my path will somehow lead to the land of the midnight sun. I can’t wait to immerse myself into a new culture, learn its history and folklore, and bask in the beautiful sceneries. I hope to gain experiences that will enrich my life with a dose of spontaneity and adventure.