Bonjour! or should I say Hello! since I’m back in the USA!
I have been “home” almost 2 weeks now and it has been the strangest 2 weeks ever! The reason I put “home” in quotes is because I feel I have left a piece of my heart in every city I visited this year and coming back to Canton, Ohio doesn’t feel 100% like home anymore. Of course I was very excited to come back home and see all of my family and friends here in Ohio, but I experienced a severe case of reverse culture shock.
The first week home was the hardest. I kept thinking of all the things I did during my year abroad that I could never do here in the US, so I did nothing but stay home and feel sad about no longer being in Europe. But as time went on, I realized I had to move on with my life because my adventures don’t stop here…
In 2 weeks I will be going to Brazil to visit my family which is very exciting! Then in mid-August I will be moving to Tampa, Florida where I will be a student at UT studying international business and of course, French and Spanish. My goal is to keep up on both French and Spanish because I invested a lot of time in learning these languages. I will also make it a goal to keep up with this blog and inform my readers on any of the other adventures life will take me on!
I’d like to thank Rotary and my family for encouraging to not only go on exchange but also motiving me to write on this blog, hopefully my readers enjoyed keeping up on all my adventures! This year has shaped me in so many different ways and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had.
Here’s to many more!
Rotary Exchange Student 2016-17
Sponsoring District: 6650 North Eastern Ohio, USA
Sponsoring Club: Jackson Township
Host District: 1780 Rhône-Alpes
Host Club: Chambéry Challes-les-Eaux, France