Hello readers! My name is Melody Martinez. I am a senior at Texas State University, and am majoring in digital media innovation and minoring in business administration. I’m originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, a humble town on the Gulf of Mexico that boasts amazing Mexican food and beaches galore. Not to mention, Corpus is also the hometown of Selena Quintanilla (R.I.P. Queen). I’m a cat-mom to a couple of precious babies that I’m going to miss like crazy. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, going to concerts in Austin, Texas, and playing the Legend of Zelda game Breath of the Wild. Taking pictures on 35mm cameras is another hobby of mine, and I will be taking one along with me on this excursion.
Taking the Leap
In just a few days, I will be on a 10-hour flight to Japan and to be quite honest, I don’t know how to act right now. I’ve never traveled very far away from home; the farthest I’ve ever traveled is to Hawaii, so this trip will be something totally new for me. Going to Japan has been a dream of mine since I was a kid in elementary school marveling at historic Japanese paintings and pagodas I read in books and scrolled through on those CRT computers I miss only due to the nostalgia factor.
Like many of the people in my study abroad group have probably mentioned, I, too, am super psyched to chow down on some authentic Japanese cuisine, especially ramen and sushi. That being said, I am genuinely open to trying new things during my time there.
I truly cannot pin down what I am most excited about because in all honesty, I’m excited for all of it. From the history of Kyoto to the wonderful weirdness of the Harajuku District in Tokyo, I cannot wait to immerse myself in the beautiful culture Japan has to offer. This will be the farthest I’ve ever been away from Texas, and although I know I’ll miss home, friends, family, and my cats dearly, I’ve never been more ready to experience this.