My study abroad experience just ended. I’m still getting acclimated to being back in the United States, but I can’t help but think back to who I was when I first left for Rome. I was bright eyed, ecstatic, and enamored by the idea of fully immersive travel. I was excited to discover things about myself that I never noticed, and get to discover the world alongside my studies. (nerdy, I know)
It was everything I dreamed of in my life so far. I felt so grown up leaving everything I knew, and yet, also like I was an infant leaving home.
And you know what? Study abroad met all of my expectations. It wasn’t always easy, it didn’t come without a lot of bumps, but it was everything I needed. It expanded my world, and made my world so much more colorful and richer than I ever could have imagined.