When I first applied to Edumadic, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I had only seen one post on instagram of an insanely photogenic beach and impulsively followed the link and filled out the application form without any further research until I was contacted for the first interview.
I had been considering taking my next semester fully online and maybe working or road-tripping the United States, but didn't really think about international travel just because I had never done anything that huge before; and honestly, it is crazy daunting to think of traveling internationally on your own for the first time. When I saw the opportunity that Edumadic offered, it really made sense- the ability to travel fairly independently, but also to have the knowledge and experience of guides who knew what they were doing.
The trip itself was more than I thought it would be-- I made lifelong friendships with people that helped me grow, we traveled to places that I never even knew existed and I completed my two year degree all in the span of three months.
The people organizing the trip were supportive and helpful, and being around other students really forced me to study and do my work despite the potentially distracting settings.
Overall my trip gave me more confidence and a better idea of what I want to do with my life.