Looking Back

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!

Published by Zoe Blough

Class of 2023 Art History and Communications Double Major CYA Athens, Greece

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