I have been home for a few days now, and it’s weird. Not so much culturally or anything, it’s just really cold. That’s actually a nice change for me, as the increasing temperatures of Buenos Aires were starting to get to me. My ideal outfit consists of a flannel shirt and jeans, so I came back at the right time. I guess the strangest thing about being back in the U.S. is that it feels very normal. I can’t tell if it’s because I’ve moved around a lot in my life and am used to it, or if I just haven’t had enough time to really reflect on the experiences I’ve had. Either way, I am excited to be back.
Although so far I’ve just been lazy and tired, I’ve been trying to reflect on my study abroad experience in its totality a little bit. The one concrete difference I have noticed in myself so far is a general increased confidence. If I can deal with all the everyday problems of life, take classes, and get to know people in a different language that I am still not entirely fluent in, all of those same things in a culture and language I am comfortable with seem like a breeze. I also am excited to go back to Northwestern and do all the things that I have wanted to do but have been too lazy or unmotivated to accomplish. I am excited to try and maintain the relationships I made in Argentina, both with Argentines and the other students on my program, and hopefully they will last for a long time.
I am extremely appreciative of the experience I had in Argentina, and I really think the benefits of it are going to last my entire life. I feel more confident in general, I can now speak Spanish better which has helped me understand my Colombian roots more, and I was able to visit places that I never dreamed I would be able to. To anyone who has been reading this, thank you for following along and I hope it encourages you to take the steps towards taking studying abroad. It was one of the best experiences of my life so far.