I wish it didn’t have to end.
My semester participating in the IFSA-Butler study abroad Ireland program is now almost over and I’m trying to make the most of my time left. I finished all of my exams and papers, and now I will have to wait a while to receive my grades and hope for the best. The last few weeks were a bit rough, having to do stuff to prepare for exam time and having to listen to everyone talking about what little time we have left. It made me really sad inside. All I really wanted to do was hang out and have good times, but I was stuck with so much work to do.
Yesterday was the first day of goodbyes for me. The first wasn’t so bad, but I know it will get worse over the next couple of days before I leave myself. There has been a lot of commotion trying to make sure that you get all the necessary pictures and also make sure to do things like get American phone numbers. I myself really need to start packing, and get everything together so I don’t have to scramble right at the end.
This semester studying in Ireland could not have been better. I had so many expectations before I came to Ireland, and I feel that as far as having fun goes, I definitely exceeded what I thought was possible. My memories are the greatest, and I’m so glad to have met so many wonderful new friends that are American, Irish, and international. I plan to try my best to keep in touch with people because no one will know what my study abroad experience meant to me except for the people I spent it with. Leaving Ireland will probably be one of the toughest and saddest things I have ever experienced, but in my heart I know I will make sure to get back.