Since I have been home, I enjoy retelling all of my stories from the mountains and horses, to my amazing host family and students. I have tried to keep in contact with my host family and friends but it is difficult. Coming home means going back to reality with my jobs, friends, and family. However, I will always hold the memories I made with the all amazing people close to my heart and I know they have had a lasting impact on me. I also find myself being more aware of what I say to people and how the United States is perceived. I enjoy futbol a little more now, and I was thrilled to hear that Chile had won Copa America. I have taken back so much from Chile and it has changed me forever.
Professionally, I now know that ESL is exactly what I want to do for my masters program. I connected with all of the students when I was in Chile and now I know what it feels like to walk in their shoes. Learning a new language in a different country was difficult, but I can not relate to these students and I will be more patient with them in my classroom.
Coming home was difficult, but I wouldn't change anything for the world. I grew not only personally but also professionally, and that it something I will always carry with me. I enjoyed all of the friends and memories I have made and I know I will be talking about this trip for years to come. I can now say that even though I live in the United States, Chile will always be another home.