Emily Edelman, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, is quickly learning the value of breaking personal boundaries and living outside of her comfort zone on LEAD Cape Town!
Considering I had no idea what to expect or how to exactly “step out of my comfort zone” – I wanted to go ahead and make a list in hopes of helping future Go Global students. ☺
-Immediately start making friends at the airport; everyone is just as nervous as you are so why not make the first step and introduce yourself! I met many people at the airport who have now become very close friends of mine – who knows; your Go Global BFF could be sitting right next to you and you would never have known it without introducing yourself!
-Try any and all foods. Seriously – I know they might sound even weirder than they look but you’ll never know what you’re missing out on until you try! Like an Ostrich burger… sounds gross right? It’s actually SO good. Be adventurous and try and order something unique every place you go!
-Do things that you’re scared of. The main purpose of this trip is to step out of your comfort zone and grow in ways that you would have never imagined. I could never see myself skydiving but GUESS WHAT – I signed up to do it yesterday. If you can, try and do an adventure outside of your comfort zone because I promise you, if you don’t, you will regret it!
-Also, getting a small group of people and going out to dinner and having real conversations with them to better understand who they are as a person is also something I highly recommend! Going in a big group is fun and all, but it’s also very important to get to know and connect with people on the trip in a deeper way.