It has been a little over a year since embarking on the semester of a lifetime. It feels like just yesterday I was driving through a blizzard to catch my flight to Madrid. People always say abroad are the best four months of your life, and so far they are definitely up there!
I learned so much about myself during those four months and grew so much as a person. I became much more independent and definitely did a lot of growing up. While it may appear that every moment spent traversing across Europe is a breeze, that is far from the truth. There were definitely some bumps in the road (both literally and figuratively haha) and some things that would have been more enjoyable without (aka my infected fingernail that I almost had to have surgery to remove and had to go to a spanish hospital where they only spoke spanish…lets just say don’t pull hang nails my friends…) But I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
I made some of my best friends, who sadly don’t live close to me, but hey that means more traveling to visit each other!!
While my semester this year will not be full of globe trotting, each week I sort of look back and reminisce on where I was at this time last year…which makes me both nostalgic and grateful. Grateful for the experiences I had and the memories I made. And it gets me excited for all the traveling I have ahead of me! Maybe I will do a summer program in law school somewhere! who knows!
I miss Madrid so much and it will forever have a piece of my heart. My abroad friends and I always find ourselves tagging each other in Facebook memes that represent funny memories from our semester. This past month especially I have been super nostalgic, however, I just tell myself that means just how special those memories are!
If any of you are on the fence about studying abroad…JUST DO IT! (nike?!? lol) While there are definitely ups and downs and it might take some getting used to, I have never heard of anyone regretting going, but only of those regretting not going! So spread your wings and buckle up for adventures of a lifetime!
Let me know in the comments below if you are studying abroad or have studied abroad! I would love to know about your experiences!