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Going out of your comfort zone will make your trip unforgettable

    Posted by Brooke Ashdale on 03.04.20

Participating in one of the hardest, business and fast pace programs can definitely be difficult at time, but with the right ways to manage your work, sleep, money and more, your experience will be just as amazing as it should be. For starters, sleep is the most important thing if you want to be able to learn and enjoy your days on Muss. Although it is worth it, engaging in a four hour Israel studies class each morning along with your general studies classes on certain days can be draining, so I have learned that the earlier you go to sleep, the more you will enjoy and take in everything you are experiencing the next day. I take five general studies class here, so on top of our Israel studies class, it can be overwhelming aמג tiring, but as I learned this, I began going to sleep much earlier, and taking advantage of the few breaks I had to get all my work done, and I saw my days drastically improve.
Another important aspect that needs to be carefully managed on this trip is the workload.
I would say that the most amount of work I get is from the Israel studies class, as we have daily quizzes, weekly photo journals, and big unit tests. Taking part in five other classes as well can make my workload overwhelming and stressful at times. But once I got used to my schedule, I figured out the ways that work best for me. I began trying to get the majority of my work done during the breaks I get, and completing the remaining work before I go into town or hangout with friends. This creates a much more easy going experience. I found that all of my teachers are extremely accessible and are on my side whether it be for extra help on homework, separator times to meet, or even just giving me breaks if they find that I am stressed.
One aspect of this trip that is very important to me is going out of my comfort zone. I constantly find myself resorting to foods I eat at home, sticking with the same people, or even hanging in my room sometimes, and when i catch myself doing this, I remember to either order something I normally would not, talk to other people on my trip who I may not have had a lot of time with, and even just go outside to do my work instead of staying in my room to do it.

This experience is truly one of a kind, and as I begin my sixth week here, my heart breaks knowing I'll be heading home in a few weeks. I cannot stress enough that going out of your comfort zone and making the most out of every experience handed to you will make your trip unforgettable.