Photo Set 1: What I'm Taking and What I'm Leaving

Anne Coughenour
September 16, 2017

Due to technical difficulties, the predeparture post is only just now being uploaded. Hopefully it'll be smoother sailing from here!


Looking at this huge change in the eye is something I’ve been trying and failing to do. I’ve done decently at keeping a positive outlook about my upcoming semester in Paris, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t also incredibly anxious and flat out scared. I know at the end when I look back I’ll be incredibly grateful for the experience I got to have and be very glad I decided to take the leap and travel across the world. But staring at this mountain of an experience all at once is more than a little overwhelming.

              Here I’ve shared pictures of what I’m taking with me and also what I am leaving behind. It’s not absolutely everything that is taking the journey with me, nor is it absolutely everything that I will miss from home. But it is a good look at the major things weighing on my mind. Will what I’m bringing be enough? Will I be able to return to everything I’ll miss before I lose my mind? There’s only one way to find out really. And that’s trial by fire. It won’t be fun at times, but for my own sake I always have to believe it will be worth it.

Anne Coughenour

<p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt">I am the younger of two and the only one to study abroad. I have never had a bloody nose and I am immensely proud of that. I have always been very creative and am very excited to study abroad!<span style="text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&quot;,serif"> </span></span></span></p>

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