While studying abroad you will go through a roller coaster of emotions. You are going to be excited, homesick, happy, sad- name it and you are going to feel it. Just because you left the country doesn’t mean that life stops, things are still going to happen and it will be harder to deal with when you are thousands of miles away. You are going to want to go home and you are going to never want to leave the country you are studying in. It pulls you back and forth so much and that is part of the beauty of it.
I leave on Saturday….which is something I just cannot grasp. Three months ago I never imagined I would be so upset leaving this beautiful country and the even more beautiful people I have met along the way. I have made some of the best friends I have ever had while abroad in Ireland and I am not sure what I am going to do without them. In September I never even thought I was going to make friends, let alone an entire group. I didn’t know anyone, I came completely by myself, and now here I am sitting across from some of the most genuine people I have ever met.
These people have become such huge parts of my life and traveled the world with me. They were there through all the excitement and stress of travelling, they were there during those nights when all you could do was drink wine and cry, and most importantly they were there every second of every day whether we were hiking up a mountain in Switzerland or casually walking to class on Griffith College’s campus. I can’t express my gratitude to them enough and this chapter in my life would have been so much more boring if they were not involved.
I look back on this adventure still surprised about how much I was able to do and how much I have changed. Studying abroad taught me so much about myself. I don’t think I have ever felt so happy and satisfied with the things I was able to accomplish. I am proud of myself for being able to travel as much as I did while taking on a full workload at school. I am much more confident and independent as a result of the last three months and I owe it all to this trip.
So thank you Athena for making this possible for me. Thank you mom and dad for the constant love and support, and thank you to the people who made this trip worthwhile for me.
Ireland, you have been a home to me. You are beautiful and seeing what you have to offer was the best experience.
Anyone who is reading this now or in the future…thank you for taking the time to learn about my life and my experiences. I hope that my posts will help you in your future adventures. My social media is linked to these blogs, so if any prospective study abroad people have questions or just want to chat- feel free to reach out to me.
This week’s final video is one of my friends, Courtney, giving a tour of Griffith College!