Well, yes – kind of at least. I was already an exchange student during high school where I went to Utah as a 16 year old. When I started my gap year, it wasn’t my plan to study abroad originally, but things changed a bit as time went past, and after some back and forth, I decided to add an extra gap year to my planned 1 year. I was afraid that if I started University too soon, I wouldn’t have time to do all the things I dreamed about during my gap year. So at first, it wasn’t my plan, but as soon as the idea about studying abroad was planted in my head, I couldn’t let go of it. So I went to Santa Barbara during my second gap year.
One of the main reasons I decided to go, was that I was very much in doubt about what I wanted to study. I was struggling whether I should study psychology, social studies or law, and by going to Santa Barbara City College I could pick and choose all the courses myself, which would hopefully give me an indication of which direction I should go. I discovered that psychology and social studies were interesting topics but not something I wanted to pursue career wise, so that left me with law.