I can’t believe I leave in only a few hours to return home. I have had the greatest experiences here and I’m not too sure I’m ready to give that up. Actually, I know I’m not ready to give them up. Yesterday, as we were at our goodbye dinner at Javiera’s house, all we could talk about was finding some way and reason to just stay in Santiago. We just absolutely love it here! I absolutely love it here!
Today, we met for lunch with some of our pen pals and it was really hard to say goodbye knowing that this was really the final goodbye. We have really built strong relationships here! I am very grateful for all of our friends at U Mayor because they truly made the trip extra special. Thank God for technology so we can still communicate, but it definitely won’t be the same!
Mostly I am really sad, but there’s a small part of me that is a little excited. Though I’m definitely not ready to return home, I am happy knowing that I can go home and say that I have had this experience. There is so much that I have learned and I am definitely a different person now.
I think this entire time we were hung up on having to say goodbye to out Chilean friends and the city of Santiago, that we didn’t realize that we were also saying goodbye to each other. It wasn’t until we are at the airport and the girls had to take shifts to say goodbye to Alexia and I (who are on a different flight) that it hit me that we were all going our separate ways now. I was saying goodbye to people who have seen me at my most vulnerable and weak points and have watched me grow and learn. We were definitely a group of mixed personalities, however, we managed to learn each other well and maintain respect for one another despite our differences. Usually when you hear stories about a group of 9 females spending a large amount of time together, the story can be a bit disastrous. However, our group managed to be supportive of each other and pushed for each other to have positive experiences. Well, my plane is getting ready to board so....
I’m really going to miss it all!
Hello all, or should I say “¡hola!”? My name is Crystal and I’ve recently graduated SUNY Buffalo State with a degree in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) and Social Studies Education (grades 7-9). I will soon begin my studies for Literacy Specialist Certification, but not before I embark on this wonderful journey to Santiago, Chile. For me, this trip beings the opportunity for me to immerse myself in another culture, experience language learning, and adopt new teaching styles; all of which will contribute to making me a teacher who is culturally responsive and able to cater to the diverse needs of students. I anticipate that this trip wil be filled with excitement, challenges, and new understandings! So please, join me for the ride!