It was a Sunday when I officially ceased to be an underage in the US. My 21st birthday meant that if I went back to the United States I would have no restrictions, because I would not be an underage any more. I thought I would not get any immediate profit from that because I would not go there for a long time. How wrong I was! This past year has been very important for me for several reasons. First of all, I was appointed president of the students in my university, which meant that I had a huge responsibility in front of the other students. I started travelling around Spain in order to represent my university and I discovered my addiction to travelling. I was in the 4th year of my degree and I learnt a lot about other people and life. Undoubtely, it was a great experience which enabled me to understand how the real world works. I also went to London on holidays, where I realized being fluent in English might be useful, especially if you get everything stolen and you need to write down a report. When I look backwards, I see it as one more experience in my life and I try to grasp the nice moments of that trip, which were a lot. It was Easter when I visited Paris for the 2nd time in my life, I really enjoyed it. However, the best event in my life was yet to happen. One day, I was surfing the internet when I found some information about Harvard University, I started reading about it and I thought about going there. How could I do that? I read about summer courses there and they had some in Linguistics. Should I try and go there? It would be a dream come true, and so it was. From that moment on, my life changed. I was going to Harvard!! I was more interested in my degree then because I knew I would have a very special summer. By the end of the year there were elections but I knew I could not be the president again. I really enjoyed the experience but could I keep on doing so? I knew it was no possible and sometimes you need to choose. In some days, the course was over and I could prepare for summer.
It was the 20th of July when I left Barcelona Airport to go to Boston. I spent the whole day travelling, I was going alone somewhere for the first time, which was even more exciting. Would I manage? I did! I arrived at Philadelphia Airport and then around 1 am I reached Boston. I had booked a hotel, and I was terribly sleepy! The hotel was great and I got some rest. The next day, I went to Harvard University in order to get some information about the campus, the schedule, where I had to go... For me, the campus was huge and I didn't know where to go. I was living at Eliot House, which is the most beautiful of Harvard houses. That afternoon, we began our classes and it is when I fell in love with that university. I met a lot of people there, and I enjoyed my time. For me, it was not only a chance to learn but also I change to find myself. It was a personal challenge, I was alone there so I had to rely on myself and that's it. I was also alone in my room (I was the only one in the whole campus!) so I had time to think. I came back as a new person and I learnt a lot about Linguistics. I found out what I wanted to do and what I would never do. I learnt about life and I learnt how to rely on myself. It was the best experience in my life... (to be continued)