I thiiiiink that this might be a very lengthy post…but I always say that and then get tired of typing and stop after 5 minutes. So I’m sorry in advance if that happens.
WELL. It’s been an extremely busy crazy awesome happy two weeks since I have posted.
Like come on, isn’t that the cutiest thing ever?! It makes me so happy and I would love to hang out with the pug or person who tweets as Dr. Pug.
ALSO. I discovered a show on Animal Planet called “Too Cute: Fluffy Puppy Party”. I never watch TV but I was stuck on the couch for a Too Cute marathon for a whole day. Thanks, Animal Planet.
Okay, now that that’s out of my system.
I moved into my house at school with the best roomiez a girl could ask for!! They love bacon, are happy, laugh a lot, like drinking beer and wine, enjoy Taco Tuesday and Sunday family dinners, and most importantly they tolerate my weirdness and loud music. It felt like home the second I walked in, and it makes me giddy inside when I go to sleep that I’m surrounded by a lot of love and happiness.
Pictured above is Wiener and Banana (the best duo you will ever know) in their prime; having beer and playing video games within the first few hours of reuniting after 9 months apart.
For the last three years I have been a Hofstra Welcome Week Leader, and this year was no different. I absolutely adored the group of students that were assigned to me. As I sat them in a circle I introduced myself and watched them to do the same, it took me back to 2010 when I was in their shoes. I looked at all of them and found that the last three years of college have changed me incredibly. I mean, the age difference between an 18 year old and a 21 year old is not very big, but the life experience that college has introduced to me is sort of mind blowing in retrospect.
It was a very nostalgic Welcome Week. It kind of hurts to be a senior while participating and working on events and programs planned for freshmen. And sometimes I think I have more school pride than a normal person should.
But at least I got to lead a trip to Radio City Music Hall (and I didn’t lose any students!) for a stage door tour. We met a rockette and also got private tours of the halls and stages at Lincoln Center. Incredible!
During Welcome Week, I was also asked to speak at a study abroad panel for new students interested in studying abroad, and I had what I like to call the “study abroad glow” happening for at least a week after those two study abroad sessions. There is nothing I love more than answering questions about Spain, study abroad, API, or my time abroad.
It’s been a weird thing adjusting back into life at school and not in Spain. It’s crazy to understand if you’ve never been through something similar to study abroad because it seems a little overdramatic when I talk about the transition home, but it’s so real and so difficult. I remember reading about reverse culture shock and blah blah blah before leaving for Spain, and I kind of skimmed through that material, but now it’s hitting me that it really exists, and it’s not easy.
I love life at home and here at school, but the love I have for my life in Sevilla is of another kind. And I think that’s okay.
I have a feeling this semester will be tough in several ways but I’m ready for it.
- The Study Abroad Process (sowhymorocco.wordpress.com)
- Study Abroad Photos (andrakay.wordpress.com)
- Study Abroad 101: Is studying abroad right for me? (marvelouslymonogrammed.wordpress.com)
- Preparing to Study Abroad? These 4 Tips May Help (allstate.com)
- Things I’ve done right in college so far (christinemeetslife.com)
- For American Students with Wanderlust, International Universities… (prweb.com)