The friendships made during my study abroad experience were valuable and the things we all experienced together was a bond being built that nobody could ever break. So when April 26th, 2013 came along and we all were exchanging goodbyes, a part of me wondered if I would ever see some of these people again.
Through social media and text messages, I’ve been able to keep in touch with everybody. The connection that I’ve built with these people while I was in Spain still felt alive. “Post-abroad depression” and transitioning back to our home universities were some things that we were all experiencing together.
This past spring break I traveled to Southern California and Arizona State University where I was able to visit a bunch of study abroad friends. The great thing about visiting them was that I was able to see how their lives were back home and most importantly how their study abroad experience has effected them. It’s a wonderful thing to call up your friends no matter where they may be in the world and have a place to stay.
It’s amazing to think a year later, the bond that has been built is still as strong as ever. It’s even crazier to think that in just one semester in a different country, I can make friends of a lifetime.