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A Home Away from Home

By Angela Arguson

Only a second ago, we were on a plane taking off from Newark airport, and just like that, four months have passed and my semester in Spain has come to an end.

I didn’t really know how to feel during my last couple of days in Alcalá de Henares. A part of me was ready to pack up my bags and head back to Jersey, while the other part wanted me to stay in Spain forever. In such a short amount of time, so many memories were made and I have experienced so much.

I am thankful for the people I met along the way– the new friends, professors and my wonderful host family who were extremely helpful in my transition and made the semester what it was. Naturally, I was sad to leave and I didn’t want it to be over just yet.

On my last day, my host mom reminded me not to be upset. She told me that I had all the time in the world to return to Spain and that I would always have a home there. It’s funny how a place that was so different and foreign in the beginning turned into somewhere familiar and comforting in a matter of months. Although it was always exciting to visit new places and see new sights during my travels, I was always equally excited to come “home” to Alcalá.

So instead of being sad, I am excited for what’s next. Studying abroad was a stepping-stone, and made me realize the countless opportunities that lie ahead. Living and learning in another country has been an experience of a lifetime. I miss it already, but I promised myself that one day I’d be back.

Despite all the different places I’ve seen, the cultures I’ve experienced, and the knowledge I have taken away, I know that I have only scratched the surface. There is always more to learn and explore, and that is what I am looking forward to.

Until next time, Spain.

¡Hasta Luego!



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