I really can’t believe how fast the time went by. This semester seriously was gone in the blink of an eye. Right now it’s bitter sweet for me knowing that my journey is coming to an end.
I fly home tomorrow and I am really anxious and excited to see my family again! Not being able to see my family for six months was the hardest part of this whole experience. One thing that I missed while studying in Wales was the sense of security, knowing that I always had my family to turn to if I needed support. Sure I had the phone and internet to talk to them, but it’s not nearly as good as sitting right next to them in the same room. Being away made me realize just how much my family means to me so my appreciation for them has definitely increased. Hence my excitement for being back home!
Even though I get to see my family very soon, I am still sad knowing that I have to say goodbye to this place where I made so many great memories. Being placed in a completely unfamiliar place like Wales has pushed me to grow as a person and really find myself. It truly was an experience of a lifetime. I’m sad to say goodbye to the people I’ve met and became friends with, knowing that I most likely will never see them again. (Hopefully I will.)
I remember the months before I left home and the excitement I had. I couldn’t wait to leave and start this amazing journey. But now it’s come to an end and I can barely believe I’m typing this right now. It feels like just last week I was getting on the plane in Minnesota just daydreaming about the adventure that waits for me in the U.K. For anyone reading this that’s planning on studying abroad, make the most of every minute while you’re gone. It really does fly by.
This truly was the best experience of my life and I thank the IFSA Butler study abroad Wales for making this dream of mine come true.