Our Young Arthritis Warrior Eyes Europe

The biggest news buzzing around Pepperdine this past week has been the application for study abroad.

Pepperdine is nationally ranked for having one of the best study abroad programs in the country.  Most students who utilize this program go abroad during their sophomore year.

So, early on in a student’s freshman year, she must decide two things:  where she wants to go abroad and for how long.

After going back and forth, I decided to apply for the year-long program in Lausanne, Switzerland.  It not only is the program that will most line up with my major, but also the program that is most centrally located in Europe — allowing me to travel more easily.  The coolest things about this program are that students live in a newly renovated hotel and we get three-day weekends (we’re encouraged to travel during that time).

What happens if I get accepted, head to Switzerland for the year, and my arthritis acts up?  Medical care will be hard to find due to the disease, plane tickets will be expensive if I have to get home, and shipping my medications overseas will be a daunting task in itself.

The opportunities of going and living abroad for a year are endless and so exciting — however, now that my interview and application are sent in, my nerves are growing.  While many students worry about what clothes to bring, I have to consider my rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

What happens if I get accepted, head to Lausanne for the year, and my arthritis acts up?  Medical care will be hard to find due to the disease, plane tickets will be expensive if I have to get home, and shipping my medications overseas will be a daunting task in itself.

There are just a lot of things I have to consider when heading to a country — especially without my family in tow.  Until I find out if I am accepted or not, I have to hang in there with all of the school work and midterms that are piling up.  Wish me luck!

Oh!  And one more thing:  today I saw rain for the first time since I left Nashville in August (I’m in California now).  It was quite a sight to see — everyone immediately walked outside and started yelling out of excitement that it was finally raining in Malibu!

Granted, that rain turned into several gloomy days.  I’m now ready for the sun to come back out.

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