I am on day 130/131 days in Europe. I will be on a plane in exactly 11 hours from now on my way back to Chicago. It is incredible to think that 4 months of my life, in which I have been preparing for years, are just gone. My emotions are mixed. I have never in my life been happier than I was these past four months in France. I cannot even express how much I have changed, grown, learned, or appreciated my life. I feel like I have just accomplished something so big and so great, that I do not know how my life could possibly get any better. People always say that studying abroad is one of the best things you could ever do with your life. Those people are right. Never in my life have I felt like I have had more of a purpose. Never in my life have I ever had so much fun. Never in my life have I been SO happy. Never in my life have I felt so included and that I have belonged. Studying abroad has taught me so much about myself and the world around me. It has redefined my beliefs, my morals, my goals in life, my perspective of people, and my understanding of the world. I can’t wait to come home and find out how much I have changed, and how I will adapt to life in the states.
Thank you so much to everyone who has read this blog, and supported me. I am going to miss France so much and I can’t wait be back (and I haven’t even left yet). I am going to miss the public transportation, my bread and cheese, the boulangeries, speaking the language, my friends, school, my wonderful host family, among many other things. This chapter in my life is coming to an end; I can’t wait to see what my remainder of my college career will bring, and when I can again return to my second home, to France.
All my Love,