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Ali Yuksekkaya - Ecuador


August 26, 2018

     As I am moving on to a new and different part of my life, I am excited, nervous, and a little bit scared. I am excited because I always wanted to go to different countries and learn new things. I am nervous and scared because as someone who has changed schools quite a bit, I know that beginnings are always hard for me, so I am also nervous because of that.
     My parents didn’t really support the idea of me taking a gap year. I understand them though. To them, I am just delaying my college education and starting life a year late. To me, it is much more than that. I know that the year I will spend in Ecuador will not only compensate for me starting life a little late, but it will also teach me a lot more than I couldn’t possibly imagine learning in a college setting.
     I am writing this blog on the plane as a result of procrastinating writing it quite a bit. My biggest concern right now is language. Even though, I studied Spanish over the summer, I don’t feel like I am ready to be thrown into a new country. So I am a little nervous about how I am going to communicate with my host family. I kind of hope that they know some English, but then I might get lazy and not feel the need to learn Spanish. So, it would be good on one hand, but not so good on the other. I don’t know which one I’d rather. Overall, despite all the unknowns, I am, more than anything, excited.

Ali Yuksekkaya