Welp, I just finished my finals! Tomorrow I leave to come home to Ohio. Believe it or not, 104 days goes faster than you’d think. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d make it. There were many bad days, but there were so many amazing days too.
I think I’ve enhanced the most in my comprehension of the Spanish language. My speaking did not improve very well, but that is completely my own fault. I underestimated the level of Spanish I should have had before coming here. However, it wasn’t my knowledge that held me back, but my confidence. I only spoke to people I was comfortable with, and was rather shy in class. Within the past few weeks I’ve finally started talking and I’ve realized I’m actually improved a lot. It’s a shame I’m now done with Spanish, as I’ve completed my minor. Hopefully I won’t loose it all!
Overall I am extremely proud of myself of what I have accomplished this semester. When I applied to study abroad, when I was accepted, even when I left, it never really hit me what I was doing. Reality didn’t check in until I arrived and I still found myself wondering at times if this was real life. It’s crazy to think back at all the things I have accomplished in the past 3.5 months. I’ve been to over twenty cities and six different countries… Morocco, France, Ireland, Portugal, England, and of course Spain!
I’m ever so grateful to have had this opportunity and I encourage everyone who has the ability to do so and take the chance and study abroad also. It’s a wonderful experience that will make you grow in knowledge and also as a person. But I’ll tell the truth and be honest as well; despite the amazingness of the experience, it’s truly a test of how strong and an independent person you are. It’s not easy. It’s worth it, for sure, but not easy.
I’ve made great friends and memories that will last me a lifetime and it’s going to be sad saying goodbye tomorrow. A special shout out to my best friend I’ve made this semester, Katie. She has made this experience amazing for me and I could not have done it without her. Luckily she lives in Pennsylvania so we’ll only be three hours away from each other this summer! Our friendship won’t be ending here, that’s for sure. She’s stuck with me :)
I can’t wait to see all my friends and family at home! I already have my meals planned out for the next week of my favorite restaurants and Mom’s home-cooking. I’m excited for some healthy food and gym time as well! :)
Thanks to everyone who has followed my blog, liked my pictures on Facebook and Instagram, sent me packages and letters in the mail, and have supported me while I’ve been gone. You guys kept me sane!