Otherwise entitled: The End in the Beginning.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that I lived abroad for almost a year, and that now I am back living in D.C. as if I’d never left. Originally I struggled with the idea of going abroad– how much would I give up to go abroad? Would I sacrifice all hope of being Talon EIC? Would I still be able to graduate on time and with a degree that I cared about? What about missing my friends and family? Having gone through the experience, now I can’t believe that I ever considered not going abroad. Not only did I learn an incredible amount about myself, but I have literally traveled the world.

When I left, there were so many what if’s in my life, and there are now too, but it’s more balanced. I’d love to live my abroad experience again, knowing then what I know having had a year of it. I’m more at peace now with myself, and more comfortable with the fact that perhaps my path in life isn’t a common one. For anyone considering going abroad, I’m always available to chat, and I highly recommend it. For me, it’s not an end; rather, it’s a beginning of a lifetime of experiences that this one has made me want to explore. It’s hard for me to believe that this blog is officially over. Much love to all, and thanks for your support along my journey.

XOXO, Ellen.


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