Studying abroad was something I had wanted to take part in since I was a freshman in high school. So when I came to TCU in 2012, I was determined. At orientation, we were told to meet with the Study Abroad office early in our college career, so we could plan our classes accordingly. Because it was such a high priority for me, I set a meeting for my first semester at TCU, which may have been a bit too early.
Fast forward to January 2015. My dream had come true. I had arrived in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy and would be living in this marvelous city for almost four months. Being from a small town in Texas, I never thought I would be able to visit, let alone live in a European city. But, there I was.
The semester was filled with many adventures that I won’t soon forget. Partly because I had my GoPro everywhere I went to document the beauty, the fun, and the people. So yes, I was that guy who always wanted to take a selfie. Do I regret it? Not one bit.
I filmed everything from climbing the 800 year old steps to the top of the Duomo in Florence and seeing the breathtaking view of the city in January, to being on the sandy beaches of Barcelona in March, to doing several, very cold plunges into the water in Split, Croatia and the magnificent Blue Grotto in the Amalfi Coast of Italy in April.
My GoPro and I, along with many lifelong friends from TCU, had been through a whirlwind of a semester with so much pasta and pizza you wouldn’t even believe. I had become immersed in the Italian way of life, learned how to navigate the convenient public transportation systems of Europe, learned that Bruschetta is actually pronounced Bru-ske-tta, and so much more.
It was the experience of a lifetime, and I am so thankful that TCU gave me the opportunity to fulfill not one, but two of my dreams: Studying abroad in a beautiful European city and being the best school and community that a person could ask to be a part of. After being away from TCU for a whole semester, I am so incredibly excited for my senior year. With the friends, the football, the purple, and most of all the fun, there is nowhere I would rather spend my senior year of college (and the other three years too) than the place I call home: TCU.
Jordan Hamilton is a senior Marketing major from Pittsburg, Texas. He is a Neeley Fellow, and Orientation Coordinator, a member of Beta Theta Pi, a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Program, a Frog Aide, a TCU Ambassador, and a scholar of the John V. Roach Honors College.