As I type this, I cannot believe that my time in New Zealand has ended, and yet I feel as if I never left at all. I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post because on one hand I feel I have so much to say, and on another I have no idea what to say at all.

I truly enjoyed my time in New Zealand. Yes, perhaps, the ‘outdoorsy’ experience is not my favorite, but I learned so much– about myself. I think that studying abroad was one of the best decisions of my collegiate career. It was hard at times- missing my family, friends, sorority sisters, having to fly home mid-term for a funeral, and being off-kilter and out of my comfort zone. But it showed me that I could do so much more than I ever expected. I have chosen to not be limited by the bounds of my hometown and have been blessed to have not been limited financially, and as a result was able to have an incredible experience.

I strongly recommend study abroad, and New Zealand and Australia are also places that I would recommend for a vacation- contact me if you want recommendations!

And that’s it- a semester, a chapter of my life over, and a new one opening up. For those who may not know, or who have forgotten, I’m off to Italy in a few days to explore one of my passions- art. It’s something that I have always loved and never really had the time to dedicate to it, and thankfully I have enough extra credit hours to take a semester to spend in Florence and travel throughout Europe. For those who might be sad this blog is rapidly coming to a close– don’t despair. Check out:

http://aredheadinflorence.blogspot.com

for a continuation of my adventures. I love you all. Thank you for supporting me on this great adventure, even when it took me further away from home than you or I ever imagined. A presto!

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