from my exchange trip and it has been 22 days. I think this past summer was my best yet. Exchange is beyond amazing and I don’t think I can sum it up in a single tumble post. However amazing, coming home to work, friends, and family is definitely very heart-warming (Yes, even work). Speaking CHINESE also feels very close to heart.
I think the main lesson that I’ve learned from my exchange is that there really is more out there to life. Before going on this exchange, I never thought that I’d be the type to adore living on my own, traveling (and of course with that, getting lost), learning different languages, and experiencing a foreign culture. All my life, I’ve lived in Toronto where things don’t quite change much. I thought that I’d be comfortable living and doing what I usually do for the rest of my life. But after this trip, I’ve learned to cherish my youth (haha..youth) while I still have it. Learn more when you’re young. Live abroad when you’re young. Meet people. Follow your dreams. Be passionate. and of course, have goals in life and work hard to achieve them.Get out of your comfort zone! Rely and believe in yourself. Learn to be independent. Have stories to tell about yourself.
Coming back to Toronto from this four months vacay is definitely refreshing. It has changed who I am as a person and has definitely opened my eyes to many experiences and to the world. I really hope to go back to Europe to teach English sometime next year and this is a goal that’s definitely worth working for no matter how tiring this year will be :) But for the time being..I enjoy my days well spent with friends and family, in school and learning, at work and saving money, and of course..meeting new interesting people :)
okay, so I have to admit that, exchange is not always glam-bam-whamm-travel-fun-parties-eat-eat-eatmore…there are times when you are just alone in your room, staring at your four walls and maybe the ceiling, and you look around and realize that this is just not home. When I’m alone in my room, especially when I’m doing an assignment that I am dreading, are times when you do miss home. And right now I kind of miss Toronto and just being in my own bed. This is different from feeling home sick though. Anyway, on a good note, I’m baking a pizza for dinner tonight, FOR $1, 89 EURO…bombomb.
Back to work :(