I never could have imagined that I would be writing this blog post as a member of CR10. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to join fifteen amazing individuals and embark on the journey that is CR, together. In just 65 days, this amazing experience will begin!!
I remember the first time that I heard about CR. During the Frogs First program my first week at TCU, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have dinner at Dr. Pitcock’s house. He briefly described how he takes a small group of students abroad, and there were CR alum there as well who mentioned how their month abroad truly changed their lives and their TCU experience. I knew that I had to learn more about what CR was all about. I went home, looked at the past CR blogs, and was floored at how amazing each journey looked. I knew that I had to apply! However, only a handful of students were selected, so I knew not to get my hopes up because the odds didn’t look to be in my favor. For winter break, I drove eight hours home back to Kansas City and the exact moment I pulled into the garage, I pulled out my phone and saw the words “CR 10: Welcome to the Familia.” To say I was excited would be the understatement of the century.
Although the countries and cities we will be visiting are absolutely incredible, that’s not necessarily what initially drew me to CR. What caught my eye was the community that surrounded CR: the Familia. The relationships and connections that are built on CR simply cannot be replicated. I also was intrigued when seeing how much people grew personally on the trip as well.
Out of all the places we are going to travel, I am probably most excited for Germany. For 19 years, I have heard stories from my grandmother, who grew up in a small town about 3 hours outside of Munich. She has told me tales of war and the incredible experiences she had in Germany. My grandmother is now 88 and is unable to travel so I am excited to experience her home country and be able to tell her all about it!
Throughout this experience, I expect to be challenged and pushed in ways that I never have been before; mentally, emotionally, and physically. But what I’m most excited for is discovering Europe with the most amazing people you will ever meet and individuals who will push me to be the best possible version of myself. I could not be more excited to be all in for CR!
Europe better get ready, because in just 65 days, 94,726 minutes (not like I’m counting), CR10 is taking over!!