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Well, I've been home for about a week. It's crazy to think that I got home only a week ago, but it already seems like months ago. The weather has been so cold and rainy that it's making it even tougher to not be on the tropical beaches of Alicante! I miss my host family a lot, and my Spanish friends. But it's been fun to be reunited with my friends and family here.
What's crazy to think is that, back in October, I really didn't want to go to Alicante, or even study abroad in general. I was so filled with fear about speaking Spanish (I had only studied one semester of Spanish my first semester freshman year. Not exactly enough to communicate!), meeting people, and most of all leaving my friends in Boulder. I was sure that I was going to hate it, because in my mind, nothing could have been better than the years that I spent in Italy. I remember getting to the airport in Madrid, after 10 hours of flying and waiting in both Boston and London, and just breaking down in tears because I got lost (to be fair, Madrid is a very complicated airport. Lots of terminals.) All I wanted to do was go home. But I didn't. I had one of the best experiences of my entire life, and met amazing people and saw wonderful things. I do not regret a single moment, and I would not have changed a thing.
I definitely think that this experience abroad taught me to push my limits and not always listen to my fears. I really don't like change or leaving my comfort zone, but I never would have experienced Alicante. And while I love CU Boulder and can't wait to get back there in the fall, I am so glad that I was able to travel thanks to CU Boulder and see another part of the world so different from Colorado and the United States in general! If anybody reading this is even thinking about studying abroad, all I can say is DO IT! You will regret not doing it!!
I'll be starting my internship at the Italian Consulate soon, which should be interesting. I'm really glad I have time to readjust and start thinking in Italian again. It would be disasterous otherwise. I'll also be working at the local pool again, which I always like. I love teaching little kids to swim. They're so much fun and way more relaxing than college kids! Way less drama! I'll also hopefully be doing some other cool things, but nothing too huge. I might go down to Long Island to visit some friends and run some 5ks, but all in all I'm looking forward to a relaxing summer before a stressful fall semester senior year!