Living in a foreign country for the last five months has been nothing but utterly amazing. Having come to the end of my adventure, it’s gone by in the blink of an eye and, at the same time, dragged on for an eternity. Looking back, however, I wouldn’t change one thing about my time abroad nor would I want it to have turned out any bit differently. Along the way I had some great experiences and I met some truly wonderful people.
That’s the way study abroad should be though. I came to Australia without knowing anyone and with next to no expectations. I made friends and quickly got to know them really well out of necessity and because we were all in the same boat. I even fear I may have gotten to know some of them better than my closest friends back home sometimes. My routine was quickly established and soon it began to feel like I’d lived my life like this forever. It was easy to forget that I had a whole other life back home and that just maybe it was a dream and Australia was my reality.
As I’m getting ready to leave, it’s both exciting to be moving on to my next adventure and sad to leave behind my friends and the life I’ve made here. I’m sort of ready for a change though and looking forward to my last year of college at home. It’ll be hard not having everyone around 24/7 and may take some time getting used to. Fortunately, most of my new friends are American and luckily I will be able to see them again over the years. Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t get to know as many Australians as well then. It’ll be really hard saying goodbye to them especially because my chances of ever seeing them again will be slim.
The people I’ve met, places I’ve seen and things I’ve done, however, have reminded me of the reason I love to travel and only served in encouraging me to continue. In the future, I will most definitely have to make a trip back to the land down under. There’s still plenty of places I want to visit and explore. One would need an entire lifetime to see Australia in its fullness and truly appreciate its beauty and uniqueness.