Now that my blog is a year and a bit old, I thought it would be insightful to pull some posts from my archive from a year ago at this time and reflect.
A year ago today, it was the day before I left Arizona for the east coast and, ultimately, Europe, where I shared my thoughts in this post.
Although it was a calendar year ago, it feels like it just happened yesterday, but at the same time, a lifetime’s worth of experiences ago. I remember on the plane to New York, it was the first time it really hit me that I was away from home and taking a huge leap out of my comfort zone and I got a little overwhelmed, but my experiences since has made up for my feelings of insecurity a thousand times over.
In this post, I also described my accommodation style, which turned out to be as expected, where I had my own room and wash basin, but shared a few bathrooms and a kitchen with eleven other people. What I didn’t expect, however, was making a best friend, Ben. And dealing with the likeness of my odd roommate, Simon, but through his weird episodes, he’s still one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I enjoyed small talk with the remainder of my roommates and took pleasure in their company.
Although I only met up with my Sussex “buddy” (guide) a few times, it was nice to have the security of being able to go to someone with any question I had. I was starting to worry I would annoy my friends and roommates! To pay it forward, I am being a global guide for international students at Arizona State. I got assigned a specific student from Denmark called Camilla, but I’ll also be in touch with students coming from Sussex. I hope to do all I can to make their ride as smooth as possible.
I had no idea what I was in for when I left for my study abroad program (you know, the things they can’t prepare you for like broken friendships, travel mishaps, mental health problems and more), but my new friendships and amazing experiences humble me.