Phew. After the most intense semester of my college career to date, I have finally been able to relax in the comfort of my home in the cozy mountains of central Pennsylvania. I can’t believe that Christmas break came already. It feels like weeks ago that I was moving into my room in St. Thomas More Hall, but I am all moved out and preparing for spending the spring semester abroad in Gaming, Austria.
It is such a huge blessing to attend Franciscan University where the study abroad program has become commonplace among the student body. I would say roughly 85% of the people I know have gone to or are planning to go to Austria. Sometimes I forget how awesome and rare of an opportunity that is. Most other schools do not have a program like ours.
Any person you ask who has gone to Austria will without a doubt say that it is “the best semester of your life.” However, those same people will also tell you that one of the hardest struggles with going to Austria is saying goodbye. Leaving campus for break was filled with many long hugs and tears. Many of my close friends and household sisters will be graduating while I am away and I don’t know when I will see them again.
Franciscan creates an environment for the most rock-your-world, solid and all over awesome friendships you will ever have in your life. The people you meet there will show you Christ and whole-heartedly call you on and help you strive for Heaven. Woah. Just thinking about it makes my heart swell up with joy!
The beautiful thing about these friendships, though, is that with Christ at the center, we will never really be apart. No matter the distance, we can always meet each other in the Eucharist.
As the spring semester approaches, I’m preparing my heart for all of the beauty and adventure that Austria holds.