If you’re still reading what I have to say, kudos to you because I will admit I have been terrible at this whole blogging thing. My updates have been far from regular. I didn’t cover the majority of the travel I did during my time abroad, and half the Crash Courses in my drafts are completely unfinished. Not exactly what I would call a successful study abroad blog.
I’ll be realistic. It’s hard. It’s hard to find the time when you’re abroad and you’re doing all these exciting and amazing things. It’s hard to put into words the things you’re feelings and living. And honestly, once you’re home and have to return to your normal life, sometimes it’s hard to talk about your experiences without getting emotional.
But this Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the start of my abroad experience, and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about that. It’s not so much about the memories I created or the friends I made. Don’t get me wrong, those things are still important to me and I will cherish the experience forever. What I’ve been thinking about most is all of the doors that opened for me when those plane doors shut last September.
The biggest development I have to share is that upon returning to my university, I’ve begun a job as a peer counselor in the Office of Overseas Study. I get paid to talk about my study abroad experience and to help others looking for an experience of their own. Working in the office has been so rewarding so far, and it’s an opportunity I never would have had if I never went to England. Primarily, it’s made me more aware of the resource that I am and that I can be for others. It’s what led me back to this blog.
SO. I’m going to give it another try. I make no promises about posting frequently. I’m a senior in college with a full class schedule, two jobs, activities, and a future to prepare for after all. But as I come across common issues or topics of concern at work, I may write up some advice on here. My voice and my experiences will permeate my postings, but this won’t be about me anymore. I love going to work and talking to students about options and helping to calm their fears. If I can do that for the folks who stumble across this blog too, then great!
So what do you say? Still with me?