I never knew how fast time could fly until I studied abroad. As I sit here on the plane on my way back to America, I keep wondering “Where in the world did the time go?” It feels as though I just hopped on the plane to get to Europe a couple of weeks ago! Although my time in Europe seemed too short, there is not a single thing I would have changed about my entire experience. Every experience, good or bad, has helped me grow more than I could have ever imagined. I look back at the beginning of this journey, and I cannot believe how different I was when I started. Having never been overseas before, I feel like I gained so much priceless knowledge about different cultures. It is easy to think the world revolves around the country you grew up in, because you do not know anything other than that country. It’s so incredible and humbling to be able to immerse yourself into another part of the world and realize how vast this planet really is. Seeing new places is great, but I will say that it is definitely the people you meet along the way who make the travel so worth it. We took four different types of classes abroad, but the best forms of knowledge that I gained from this experience was when I was outside of the classroom. Whether I was visiting a new country for the first time, trying to find my way through a train station, talking to a local about their favorite foods or anything in between, I was gaining forms of knowledge that I could have never gotten from a textbook. Between the travel and the people, you learn to find out who you really are also. How much patience do you really have? How smart do you actually think you are? Are you appreciative of your own culture and the things you have? These are just a few questions I gained answers to through my experience studying abroad. I already miss the feeling of being in a new place every week, and discovering what each country had to offer. Living in a foreign place and getting out of my comfort zone was the best decision I have made thus far in my life, and I am so incredibly thankful for my supportive parents, amazing friends, and UNK for helping this dream of mine become a reality.
12 countries in 12 weeks
Here is a recap of all the countries I was able to visit in my time spent abroad:
· Czech Republic
· Vatican City (yes, it is its own country)
|Thanks for the memories, Europe! Time to get back to America!|