I’M BACK!!! After six months being away from home, traveling to college, London, Hungary, Northern Ireland, and more, I’m finally back in time for the holidays.
Being back in a familiar environment (I’ve lived in the same house my whole life), I have had a chance to reflect on my first semester of college, and my overall study abroad experience.
First off, am I crazy? Some people think that I must be, since I willingly chose to live on my own, in a foreign country, for months on end when I’m only eighteen. I prefer to call myself ‘adventurous’, and I applaud anyone who throws themselves in the deep end of life.
Would I do it again? Hmm…maybe. I really enjoyed my time in London, from living with my friends to exploring all the city had to offer, and the experience satisfied all my wishes. I don’t have any regrets or disappointments, so I won’t be actively looking for another study abroad program any time soon.
Do I regret anything? Nope! A lot of things, both good and bad, happened in the last half year, and they really helped me mature and learn to assert who I am and what I want in life. There is no point in regret, because even the so-called ‘failures’ were just life lessons I needed to learn eventually.
What was the best thing about studying abroad? Exploration! Not only walking around London, getting lost in little alleyways and coffee shops, but also discovering different parts of my personality, learning how to live with strangers my own age, and finding out what I’m capable of.
Am I glad to be home? Yes!! Now is the time for holiday celebrations, spending days with my family, and appreciating the true spirit of Christmas. Expect upcoming blog posts on all things merry and bright!