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Home Sweet Home

And just like that, I am back in Indiana.

Woah.

Since my last post, I finished up my final papers (WAHOO!), traveled to Poland and France with my dad, said bye to my friends, and flew back to the good ol’ US of A.

It’s kind of hard to comprehend that my semester in Leeds has ended, and that I am actually back on U.S. soil again. I never knew that five months could go so quickly, but I can easily say that studying abroad was the best decision I have made since going to Vanderbilt.

This should probably be my longest blog post out of all of them since I feel like I have so much to say, but I think it may be one of my shortest.  Although I have grown so much, it is difficult to convey the depth of such change. All I can tell you is that is has entirely changed my life for the better, and I would not trade these last five months for anything. I met incredible people, went to incredible places, ate incredible food, and watched a lot of Modern Family. How could you get any better than that?

So if there is anyone out there who is on the fence about studying abroad, DO IT. Don’t hesitate at all. There are life-changing experiences just waiting to happen to you – you just have to take the plunge. ¬†Obviously not all of it will be perfect, and I hope that my blog has represented both the highs and lows of being abroad, but even the lows make it worth it. Those are sometimes the moments when you learn the most.

So to conclude my final blog post, I would like to thank my friends and family who have read this blog, and who made my semester so incredible. I am a very lucky gal.

Good luck to all who plan to study abroad in the future!!

“I soon realized that no journey carries one far, unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within” – Lillian Smith

Until Next Time,

Madeline

P.S. I am including some pictures from my final weeks in Leeds/Europe. I hope you enjoy them!

My friend and I at a Manchester United game!

My friend and I went to a Manchester United game!!

Day trip to York!

Day trip to York

Fun night at the Old Bar in the University of Leeds Student Union!

Fun night at the Old Bar in Leeds Student Union!

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Versailles

Versailles

Versailles

Versailles

Versailles

Versailles

The Louvre

The Louvre

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Paris

Paris

My dad’s birthday dinner in Paris!

My dad's birthday dinner in Paris! Yummm

Final afternoon tea with my friends in Leeds! They are amazing :)

Final day with friends in Leeds!! Having afternoon tea :)
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One Response to “Home Sweet Home”

  1. Kendall Says:

    Hey Madeline!

    I’m studying abroad at the University of Leeds for an entire year! I’ve started the whole application process and now am looking at places to live (catered vs. self-catered and the different halls) and was wondering if you could give me some input since you just finished studying there!

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and it has made me SO much more excited to study abroad!

    Thanks :)
    Kendall

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