I have arrived back in America, land of the free and home of the brave. My time away was a once in a lifetime experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity.
Study abroad taught me a lot about myself. It was weird to realize a lot of what I thought I definitely loved or hated wasn’t true. I thought I loved cities and hated nature or being outside, I thought I didn’t really belong in America or have much American pride, I thought I wouldn’t mind being on my own, without my family.
Study abroad was seeing the world and doing new things. It was knowing that there are a lot of fun, cool, and different things out there and that the world extends beyond the New Jersey suburbs. For me, it was taking in the world and knowing I love living in those New Jersey suburbs.
I know where I belong now and I know myself a little bit better from this study abroad journey. I can’t wait to begin my next adventure. I hope to find myself back in Europe someday, but for now I will cherish what I have.