Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
I’ve just returned from a whopping five-week-long break in France and the States to the beautiful (and surprisingly sunny) city of Oxford! Break was an absolute blast—having some time to decompress from the high intensity of Hilary Term has been enormously beneficial to my mental and physical health. After departing Oxford nearly a month and a half ago, I headed off an awesome IFSA adventure weekend in Wales, then a week in Paris visiting some friends studying there before flying back to the States where I visited friends and family in D.C., Chicago, and Boston (I’m still reeling from all of the devastation that struck my beloved, resilient city).
While it was great having the chance to catch up and have some fun with loved ones back home, though, I realized after about a week away from Oxford that I really missed all of the friends that I had made here. Amongst all of my American and British classmates and even other IFSA-Butler students studying across Great Britain, I’ve amassed a group of friends that I have come to love and respect as much as the friends that I’ve known throughout my three years at Harvard.
One of the greatest qualities that my new group of friends possesses is its diversity. I’ve encountered an incredible array of fellow study abroaders all from drastically different backgrounds—from frat bros to arts students to Southern belles. Hearing each of their stories, learning about each of their home universities, and living and traveling with each of them for over two months now has proved critical to my own personal development while studying in England. It’s been an edifying experience to encounter and befriend each and every one of them, and I hope that I have likewise been able to share with them some new perspective on life.
*Below are some pictures from break*