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Thoughts With My Last Days

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Thoughts With My Last Days

Italy Perugia, Italy  |  Apr 23, 2012
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     Living in another country does not make me better than another. Just like my letters do not make me better than someone else. Living in another country and being a part of a sorority is very similar. I cannot explain my experience and my sisterhood in a few words. 

    Every experience a person has, they change in some way. It may not be significant, but it happens. I know when I became a Resident Assistant I became more confident in myself. Since I had to enforce the policies, I had to be informed of what they are and to be prepared for people to ask me a million questions about them. This helped me become confident in what I know, in myself, and it helped me stand up for myself, values, and beliefs.

    People ask me why I left them to live in another country. I did it for myself. It had nothing to do with them. When I first left, I thought it was just for a new experience. However, when I actually got to Italy and was going to classes, I realized I had a burning need to get out of my life. I had to go somewhere new, relax, to enjoy myself, and to get out of my responsibilities. I know this is not a good way to decide what to do with one's life, but I do not regret it. Leaving my life for three and a half months helped me refocus my life. I learned I do not want to go into social work, I do not want to work twenty million jobs, and I learned that I do not have to carry the world on my shoulders. I know what I do not want, so maybe that will help me figure other things out.

    When a person lives abroad, he/she learns the definition of ‘home.’ The definition of home is very intriguing because each person has a different definition. For me home is where I am, a place in which I feel comfortable and accepted and where my friends are. To others home means where they were raised, where the majority of their family is and so on. It does not matter that we have different definitions of the word home, as long as we figure out what it means to ourselves is all that matters.

    I have been trying to figure out what has changed in me since I have been abroad. Although, it is very hard to figure it out since I am still in Italy. I do know that I have changed in some way. Some may see it for the worse, and some may see it for the better. I just have to figure out if I want to stay the way I am or to go back to my regular and 'normal' self. I know now though, I will not go back to the ‘me’ before I went abroad. Just because people may not like me does not mean I have to change who I am.

    I have four more days in Italy, two more exams, and goodbyes to say. For people back home it seemed as if time has ticked by, but for me it was done in a blink. I love the people I have met, the places I have seen, and the experiences I have shared with others. I know I have had the experience of a life time, but this girl is ready to be home!

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    April 23, 2012
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