Junior Year

This isn’t going to be a usual travel post, this one’s for those who wants to study abroad and for those who missed their chance. This goes to my Junior year. I wanted to share some emotions and experiences.  Am I really writing a post about my Junior year at ECU.  I mean, where did the time go? Honestly, I have always asked this question – where the time flies, but this time it’s an unreal feeling. I remember my freshmen year as if it was yesterday. Now I look at our freshmen and it feels like I’m looking at myself, and it’s surreal.  I haven’t felt like I’m getting older, the time just flies before I realize what’s really going on. Some of my ECU friends have already started their adult life. ECU is definitely not the same as it was last year, and most certainly nothing like my freshmen year, but I’m not saying it is bad, it’s just different. I’m a junior now, I guess junior year comes together with new responsibilities as an upperclassman. Does it mean I should start thinking of what I’m going to do after? I have made it this far, and there’s still a long journey ahead, but I’m enjoying the process. After my very first semester here, I knew this is the right place to be, and I still can say the same.  It most certainly feels right. I did have some adjustments to make due to cultural differences, and there are a lot, but I don’t have any regrets about the decisions I have made towards choosing ECU. I have made countless memories, friendships I’ll always be thankful for, and an amazing experience.

It’s now my third year here, in the U.S., but for some reason it never gets easier to come back to school after a summer break. Especially when it comes down to saying goodbyes to my family. I always look forward to the upcoming school year, but I tend to enjoy my summer breaks as much as I can, knowing that at some point I won’t really have one. I do like it here a lot, and I wouldn’t want to study at home, although I love being home and I’m such a ‘’stay at home girl’’. This is an experience of a lifetime, no matter what adjustments I had to make.

To be honest, being here isn’t always as fun as it might seem. Being here, takes a lot of hard work, patience and sometimes also giving up on something else, but it is all worth every second. I know that it will make me a better person. There had been times where I just wanted to quit and go home, but then I think of why I came here, about all the good things that have happened to me. Studying abroad is such a great opportunity… an opportunity to see places, get out of your comfort zone and see the world, see people.

There is no doubt that sometimes you won’t get the best experience of studying abroad, but every experience counts. And I still think the experience you get is good, because it doesn’t matter if it’s positive or negative, you’ll learn from it and take away only the good part.  Take the risk, and be adventurous! It’s the time, it’s now or never! Travel as much as possible! I can just say it’s worth every second! I’m so excited of what my junior year has in store for me! Cheers to a good school year!

 

Annie

 

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