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Preparing to Return Home

The funny thing about time is that you can spend it, but never save it … and once it’s gone there’s no getting it back. I knew from the moment the plane touched down in Dublin that my time here would eventually come to an end. However, it’s hard to accept that it’s actually here. My last final is in 6 days and then I’m off to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain before returning to Indiana on June 22.

After being away for four months, I am very excited to return home. I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and eating a proper home cooked meal. I can’t wait to see my friends and family. I am also very excited about having a car again! While I’m excited to return home, I am equally sad about leaving Ireland. I’m going to miss this beautiful country and the great people I’ve met in it. I’ve developed several deep friendships over the last four months. The thing is … I plan on staying in contact with all of them and I know we’re going to make time to see each other again after we return to the United States. It’s the people that would always say hi to me in the hallway or the ones that smiled at me in class that I’m going to miss seeing everyday. From the beginning, everyone has been so welcoming and it has meant so much to me. The amazing people I’ve met here are the reason my experience abroad was so wonderful.

When I get home, people are going to ask me about my experience abroad and to be honest I have no idea how I’m going to respond. There aren’t really any words that can describe these past four months. However, I can say this, my study abroad experience has been a wild ride that has come with a whirlwind of emotions, both good and bad. Between the incredible people I’ve met in Ireland and the countless memories I’ve made, I have truly had the trip of a lifetime and I couldn’t be more grateful for this fantastic adventure.

Oh, the places you’ll go –

Allison

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