This is it. My one and only chance to do a semester abroad has finally come to an end. London has been so good to me. It threw me several curveballs, which have helped me become a stronger person. I have met so many amazing people, some at Pitt, and some in other states. London has helped me achieve my goal of becoming more independent. I had to rely on myself, which was what I expected going into the program. I have learned that not everyone I cross paths with will like me or want to be my friend, but I have learned to accept this. I decided to choose kindness no matter what life throws at me. After the program was over, my family came to spend a week with me. I was so excited to show my parents and especially my older brother London.
Professionally, I don’t feel like I was able to get the British workplace experience since my supervisor is American. That is something I’ll always wish I had. Other than that, I have developed adaptability and flexibility like it was my job. I also learned the environments that I don’t wish to work in for the future.
For my next stop, I’m not sure where I’ll be going. It might simply be an internship in another state, since my mom wants me to stay in the country for a little time at least. I don’t see myself moving to another country, but I definitely see myself exploring a lot more in the years to come.
Out of everything, I am so happy to be more cultured than I was going into this. I love cultures and different countries, and I was able to go to 6 different countries all in 14 weeks. I’ve heard so many accents and languages, and seen so many different types of architecture. My favorite country to go to was Spain because it was like going home (I’ve been there once before). During my time abroad I decided I wanted to pursue a minor in Spanish, so going to Spain and being able to practice my Spanish was such an inspiring experience for me that I hold close to my heart. I am so grateful for this opportunity to explore the world, while also learning marketing. I unfortunately am still not sure what I want to do with my future career, or if I want to pursue a career in marketing, but I have a better idea than when I started. Some people probably think I’m crazy for living on a different continent with strangers for over 3 months, but I’d do it all over again. This is something I’ll remember for my entire life, and I’d recommend anyone to do it because you end up regretting the opportunities that you didn’t take.
To be continued…