Throughout my time here in Chile spent away from my friends and family, I realized many of things about myself. As mentioned before, I learned so much about the education, the language, the culture, the culture of the United States, and myself. But with every day, and with the ending of my journey, it made me realize what a great support system at home I really have. Almost every day, I have been fortunate enough to facetime friends and family back home. After the first week of this, I realized that I was not facetiming them because I missed them, but rather, I was so excited to tell them all about the experiences that I have had here, the things that I learned, and the friends that I have made. I realized who I really care about while I was gone based on the people that I really wanted to talk to. Time and time again, it was the same people over and over again.
I realized on this journey that I truly am an independent person. I do not need another person to rely on, to seek comfort with, or anything hindering this line. I am not a home body. I am a go-getter, always ready to try new things, always up for an adventure.
Reflecting on this thought, I believe that this attitude that I carried with me, that really I had all along but never let shine until now, is what really made this experience the absolute best that it could have been for me. So much so, that I am already planning on looking into similar study-abroad programs throughout the world.
I believe that this experience has really opened my eyes to interests of mine I did not know I had, and I yearn to do more. I want to explore. But also, I want to explore more of Chile because I do not think I will ever be ready to leave!!
But on that note, Buffalo here I come….. (trying to be as enthusiastic as I can, see?)