It’s been a month since I returned home from France and honestly it feels as if it was all just a dream. When I first got home, it felt like I was constantly catching up on my friends lives. It was similar to waking up from a coma; like I had been living in this dream world for four months, which was partially true. Am I sad I had to leave my life in France? Yes, but I also have a life in Philadelphia. However, there will always be a part of me left in France. I met so many amazing people and had some good experiences as well as some tough ones, but studying abroad has definitely changed my outlook on the world. It has educated me in an entirely different way, and I have learned things that will stay with me for the rest of my life. When people say they cant describe studying abroad, take their word for it. After trying to express my experiences through words for a month now, I can tell you it’s not easy. There were ups and downs throughout my time in France but I think the best adjective for it remains to be “absolutely incredible” and there’s just no other way I can put it. I can’t wait to be strolling down the seine, eating crepes, gazing at the amazing art and architecture, and visiting the Parisian gardens once again.
This is not a goodbye, but a see you later.
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<div><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Hi! My name is Katie Baldwin. I am a junior International Business Major at Saint Joseph's University. I am a member of my school's Gaelic football team and a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi. I also work as a technician and a brand ambassador at SJU's Technology Service Center. I love travelling, painting, and dancing with my friends. I have always dreamed of studying abroad in Paris and that dream is finally coming true!</span></div>