Wow. Here I am. Close to the end of the probably best semester I’ve ever had. I can still remember the day when I got the E-mail: ‘You are accepted at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.’. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to start this wonderful, adventurous, and new chapter in my life. There was so much to do: applying for my VISA, booking the flight, applying for my housing, packing my suitcase, saying goodbye to all my friends and family. And with every step I took, my feelings got more and more confused. I was excited and at the same time scared of what is awaiting me during this semester.
Now five months are over and I can just wonder where all the time has gone. I can say I enjoyed every second and I am glad that I dare to study abroad. I met a lot of wonderful people I am really thankful for everything they did to me. And I, for sure, met some friends for life. But it’s not only the people who made my time in the USA as amazing as it was. Living alone in a country where you’re a total stranger, where you’re not fluent in the spoken language, where you’re far away from everybody you love, can be scary sometimes. And of course, I had moments when I thought what am I doing here? How should I handle all this? But I made it.
Every challenge, every difficulty, every chance I had to face helped me growing. I am for sure a different person now than I was before I started my journey. But I like it. I am older and -even if it sounds funny out of the mouth of a 20 year old girl- a little wiser. I learned so much about a different culture, about different people, about myself. If I had the chance to turn back time, I would go back to the daythis adventure started and do everything just the same. I am thankful for getting the chance to make this amazing experience and I encourage everybody who gets the chance to take it! You won’t regret it.
Thanks to the USA, thanks to the best roommate, thanks to everyone I met for giving me a second home.
Can’t wait to come back soon. ♥