First Time Back at New Paltz

Today I went to New Paltz to visit some offices on campus for next semester. I’m trying to volunteer for the winter international orientation for incoming students. It’s strange being back. I miss Australia with all my heart. The closest I’ve gotten to feeling “at home” was when I visited New Paltz today. I’m looking forward to returning next semester.

I’m reading Bill Bryson’s “In a Sunburnt Country”. I bought a book called “Little Aussie Fact Book” to study up on my favorite country. I need to learn as much as I can so that I’m ready for my citizenship test in…however many years it takes to get to that opportunity.

It’s been almost a year since I left for Wales….

It is almost one year since I left for Wales.

I can not begin to explain how great this experience has been for me.

Even after being back for six months, each day I become more aware of how studying abroad has changed me for the better. it has opened my eyes to the world around me, and diminished any fears I could have ever had. I don’t know where I would be if I never went abroad, but I do know I am so thankful for who I am now that I did.  🙂

Everyone should study abroad..

We all met in Connecticut for Marissa's birthday, one week after I left Cardiff.

We went apple picking after my birthday!

In 8 days, I am driving to Boston to meet up with 3 of the friends I met while in Cardiff. It is remarkable to me how we have all kept in touch so well.  I am thankful for the friends I have made. This will be the third time we’re meeting up since we left Cardiff