Exactly a year ago today, I was embarking on a journey of a lifetime. For those of you who have followed this blog since day one, you’ve all been able to experience this journey with me. Barcelona is a city I fell in love with. I fell in love with the culture, the food, the people, the football culture — everything. I’ve been able to meet some amazing people that come from all walks of life around the world. Spring 2013 will always be close to me.
This past fall semester was viewed as a “transitioning” semester. I was transitioning back from an amazing spring semester and fun-filled summer. It was also my hardest semester. I was taking 18 credits and had a handful of jobs/internships to juggle. Throughout all of this, my experiences from abroad always came to mind at least once a day.
From taking the metro everywhere, speaking Spanish everyday and traveling to different cities frequently with all of my new friends to returning home and being thrown with a bunch of responsibilities — let me tell you, reverse culture shock does exist. My internship in Communications with the study abroad office (Center for International Education) has exposed me to a plethora of international students and a bunch of students who have recently studied abroad whom I could connect with about our experiences living and studying in a different country.
Although my study abroad journey may be over, it’s not something that I just left behind at the airport. The experiences and lessons I’ve learned are things that will stay with me forever. All of this has shaped me into the person I am today and have influenced my future and have made more of an impact on my every day decisions than I probably realize.
Tomorrow, I continue my travels to the Galapagos Islands where I will be taking a course called “Documenting Cultures.”
Chelsea Fagan, ”The 23 Hardest Things About Moving Home After Living Abroad”
In a few hours I’ll be on my way to the airport with 3 luggages en route to the United States. Four months ago, I was making the same exact trip to Newark airport not knowing what Barcelona would have in store for me. As soon as I arrived at my gate, I met a handful of students from my program that were about to embark on the same journey as I was. Fast forward to today, and those same kids have become some of my really good friends here in Barcelona.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing people from all over the world and hear the most interesting stories through my travels. The many things I have experienced abroad are priceless and will be with me forever.
Things to look forward to
- Using my real phone number back home in the USA!
- Reuniting with my friends and family
- Month 4 video sometime this week!