6 , 2005
Well, it’s now been nearly three weeks since my re-entry to
America and three days since my return to Centre College. I think
my readjustment was fairly easy, especially since I’ve had
lots of friends, family, and fellow students who have been asking
about my trip and wanting to talk about what I learned. It made
me realize that the two worlds are not at all incompatible. The
experience I had was meant to be shared, and it doesn't have to
be just a story or a memory. It's changed my outlook and how I relate
to other people.
I find myself a lot more open to the future than I ever was before.
I’m a person who likes to plan things years in advance, and
I don’t like not knowing what the future will bring. But with
graduation, and hence the uncertainty of the ‘real’
world, just a few months away, I feel a surprising calm. I attribute
this to my experience this past semester. I still feel like I have
control over the years ahead, but I also know that anything can
happen, and if it’s not what I had planned, that's okay. I
feel confident now that I can be successful in so many different
settings, and I’m more open to those alternate paths.
I also see a
definite change in the way I view myself and other people. Study
abroad at Centre has taken me to Spain
and Morocco last year, and now to Ireland.
In all three countries, I was exposed to new ideas, new daily routines,
and new lifestyles. Intellectually, I always knew that people around
the world lived differently than they do in Kentucky.
But seeing that first hand can't compare
to any amount of study. It was eye-opening. Now I have returned
to my daily routines at home and school, but I do see myself differently.