After moving to Colorado from California the summer before my freshman year of high school, I thought I had seen it all. At that age, a move to another state can feel like you’re moving to another country. My over-reacting, dramatic teenager abilities kicked in on the one-thousand mile life change. Fast forward three years and I actually was going to another country. At that point, when I was getting on the plane without my parents, I realized that there was so much more to the world than I had originally thought or seen. The languages were different, the cultures were different, and the people were different.
I had always enjoyed California, and moving to Colorado opened my eyes to something other than the “tanned skin, blonde hair” style of living. I thought I had seen both sides of the coin as to what the world had to offer. Then, my junior year of high school, I was offered a chance to visit Italy with a teacher at school and a few of my peers. I was excited for the visit; however I was pessimistic about it being a religious trip. I figured I would be seeing church after church, saying prayer after prayer, not even thinking about the experiences that would take place while I was there or the sights I would be seeing.
June arrived, and before I knew it, I was boarding a plane for Rome, Italy. The shock of being in another country didn’t hit me until I heard someone speaking Italian. It wasn’t only cool, but very fascinating as well. I had never heard Italian besides movies, and I was in awe of how beautiful the language was. The sights I saw and the people I met while in Italy showed me that there was so much more to the world than I had seen. It made me want to see the rest of the world and experience the rest of the cultures, the trip made me want to learn more.
Hearing another language, seeing different cars, odd fashion choices, and delicious looking food opened my eyes more than I could ever explain in an essay. It allowed me to see that there is so much more to this world than what I see. It showed me that as a whole human population, we must all work together to better the world that we all live in. Focusing on yourself and what goes on in your own home, city or state benefits such a small number of us. By opening our eyes and our hearts to the rest of the world and what it has to offer will only better it for the present and future. Traveling to Italy made me realize that I want to see so much more and that I want to experience so much more. It showed me other things going on outside of my life, and helped me catch on to the fact that I want to do so much more outside of my own world.
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