I returned home not long ago and I have been holding off on this post for a long time. I really contemplated what I should talk about and what to include. In all honesty, I am still not exactly sure. There are a lot of different emotions that I’ve experienced since returning home and still things that I am adapting to. There are parts of Greece that I miss immensely but at the same time I am glad I am home. I’ve decided that I want to go some of these feelings and experiences.
Now, here I am back at Hope College. It is almost a culture shock to be back, which is something I was not expecting. I know it takes time, but I do find it stressful. What I felt going abroad I feel once more now that I am here. It is confusing and a little difficult, but I know that I can get through this. It all takes time and it’s important to understand this concept during these transitions.
I like looking back on all that I have done. It’s amazing to realize I traveled around the world and went to so many historical sites in less than four months. I have so many pictures of places and of friends that I will have forever. I have formed so many friendships with people in the program and with Greeks that I will forever cherish. Just thinking back to this past semester causes me to smile.
Thinking to the future, I hope I can go back to Greece. There is so much I still want to do and see in the beautiful country. This trip has also brought aspirations to travel more around the world than I have before. It would be amazing to do a tour of Europe one day! My future may be uncertain, but going back to Greece will always be a constant!
While this is shorter, I hope that it is informational. I hope this all inspires you to travel, maybe even study abroad! I couldn’t be happier that I was able to share my experience in the CYA program in Athens, Greece with you!