My incredibly cliche way of saying that I will be back someday
My flight home is in just a few days. My feelings towards going home are mixed. On the one hand I think I have been ready to go home for a couple weeks now. I have grown extremely nostalgic for the simple pleasures of home. I look forward to playing with my dogs, cuddling with my cats, and sleeping in my own bedroom. I’m excited to see the friends I haven’t seen in ages and go back to my favorite stores and restaurants in New York. At the same time as I pack away my clothes and belongings from the past four months and I cannot stop thinking about all the things I wish I had time to accomplish. There are still plenty of museums I had hoped to visit and neighborhoods I wanted to spend more time in. I really have developed a strong connection with the city of London and would be grateful for more time here.
I am coming to realize that the saying “As one chapter closes, another begins,” is a very real idea. This time I’ve spent abroad definitely takes up an entire chapter in my life story. I have learned so many things about myself, gone on such incredible adventures, and made great friends. Though there are plenty of things I wish I had the time to do, I have no regrets about this semester. Could I have worked a little harder in my classes, taken greater advantage of the many different cultural aspects of London, and made more of an effort to meet more locals? Sure. But that’s not what happened this semester. The memories I have from the past four months are extremely unique. Besides, when I think about all the things I didn’t get to do I become motivated to make sure I plan a trip back out here sometime in the near future.
As cliché as it sounds, I know that in few days when I board that plane back to the USA I won’t be saying goodbye; I’ll be saying “See you later!” I know I spent my time in London well because I’ve developed such a connection with this city that I’m determined to return someday soon. My thirst for adventure will never be completely quenched, and any opportunity I have to come back to Europe and explore will be taken advantage of. Instead of focusing so much on what I’m leaving behind I’ve decided to think more about the things I’m bringing back with me. I’m returning with a greater appreciation for the comforts of home, incredible friendships, and even more curiosity about the world around me. I’m excited to take what I’ve learned this semester and apply it to my daily life.
I’m incredibly thankful that I go to NYU where it was so easy to study abroad and have this grand adventure. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to take this course and spend time writing about my experience. I’m not sure I would have had as many epiphanies or learned as many lessons if I didn’t take the time to write about my experience. And so I say, cheers, London! Thanks for an incredible semester. See you again soon!
(The photo was taken on a typical rainy English day in a little corner of London that stole a little part of my heart.)