I have officially been home for two days now and it feels strange to be back in the United States. Though my program in Buenos Aires ended just a week ago, I remained abroad and met my mom in Cusco, Peru for a week. The week in Peru was amazing, but I am here to focus on my time in Argentina.
I remember the nerves that I felt when leaving for the airport for Argentina. I remember being so scared as I said goodbye to my family. This was the longest travel I had ever endured and the farthest I had ever been from home. Based on these feelings, I did not except to feel as nostalgic as I do now. I miss Argentina. I miss being in a large city with something new to concur every single day. I miss the pain I felt in my feet after walking miles to get somewhere in order to save money on a taxi. I miss speaking in Spanish and learning so much about a new place. I feel that Argentina can be a second home for me and I am making it a mission of mine to return again. When people think of traveling abroad, many immediately assume Europe. However, after this summer, I will always think of the diversity of South America.
Being abroad opened my eyes to so many opportunities out there. Even though there will be challenges, I would love to work abroad one day. As as Human Resource major, I have always been interested in Talent Acquisition. After this summer, I have been thinking about the opportunity of doing recruitment oversees for a U.S. based company. The options are endless and I plan on looking into all of them.
The featured image I chose for this blog post is from Agua Calientes in Peru. I am at the top of a peak called Huayna Picchu. This peak overlooks the Machu Picchu ruins and is at about 9,000 feet in the air. Conquering this mountain was one of the most amazing things I have ever done, and it would not have happened if I had not studied abroad. Life experiences are endless if you are willing to take a leap and try something out of your comfort zone. My arms are open to new opportunities and I do not plan on stopping anytime soon. I am so grateful for this summer. The amount I learned about one area of the world in just 6 short weeks amazes me. To those who have ever doubted studying abroad, don’t. It has changed my life forever.
That is all I have for this summer. Thank you Pitt Business, for adding Buenos Aires to your study abroad curriculum. It is truly one of the most unique cities in the world, and you gave be the opportunity to experience it.