I am finally home after traveling back from New Zealand and spending a week in Albuquerque with my parents and wow does it feel weird to be here. I was warned that there would be some culture shock on the return to the US and I was proved right. I already miss New Zealand but I know I’ll be back there one day in the future because I’m not done with that country. It was an absolutely incredible journey that I had my semester there. I learned so much about myself and about being independent and as cliche as it sounds I definitely matured and grew through the experience which is exactly what I wanted to do. I would encourage younger college goers to really consider going abroad because there are things you just won’t learn if you never step outside of your comfort zone. It is truly a great way to immerse youself into another culture and to get a more wordly perspective on life. So although I said in my last post that coming to New Zealand didn’t really help with my career plans, it definitely put me into perspective (among other things) which is (and was) a bit shocking. I think young adults these days get so focused on getting a job and making money that they lose sight of who they are and what they actually want and what they’re good at. I finally realised that although I’m studying engineering, I’m not really an engineer, or what people are typically looking for in an engineer. Ok fine I have some of the qualities of an engineer which make me an average one, but I’m never going to be a person who people look at and go, “Oh yeah she’s definitely an engineer” and I finally realised that I’m ok with that. I’m glad I went abroad because I was with an entirely new set of people who didn’t know me and so when I was having moments of panic or confusion I could talk to them and get entirely new perspectives on issues I was having. It was incredibly refreshing and I also know how to handle my problems better now. Finally going abroad made me realise that I can be the person that I want to be. I don’t have to fit into a certain perception just because that’s what I’ve always done and that’s what people expect of me. I have never been more content or happy with my life than I was in New Zealand. That’s a good lesson to learn. Going abroad came at a good time for me and I am so glad I went, not just for the personal lessons obviously but for everything. The people, the experience, the country, and of course the mountains. This is my last blog post and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it. Thanks for following and I hope that if you are even slightly interested in going abroad that you look into it. It will change you so much.