The following post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow Matthew Lu.

Adulting is scary. Though I turned 18 at the start of the summer, I still feel as if I haven’t changed at all from the 17 year old who was about to begin his last year of high school at this same time a year ago. Really though, a whole new chapter of my life is unfolding; one where I will be traveling thousands of miles away from my parents, my friends, and the people I’ve known my whole life.

Though this is true of my gap year, it is also true of my university experience. I am one of the rare out of state students who is not only out of state, but international. The depth of trying to adjust to a new life in a new university, in a new country for four years is slightly […]