Six months ago, I arrived in Germany, with excitement and trepidation in heart, trying to decipher all the German signs but failing quite miserably.
Six months later, I left the country a little wiser, a little worldlier, and, well, a little better at German.
This past semester has been the most exciting six months of my life. It was my first time in Europe, and what an incredible experience it was. I was able to experience a whole new culture and learn a new language. I had the chance to travel around Europe and see firsthand the places and cities I’d read and heard so much about. I had epic adventures in the most amazing places. What’s most important to me, what has always been most important to me, however, is the people, and it’s the people I met, and the friends I made, both within and without the Lafayette group, that have defined this unforgettable semester. Not all of my experiences were positive, and there definitely were a couple of experiences which I wish had gone differently. However, I believe that everything happens for a reason, and these experiences, both positive and negative, have made me a more mature person.
Now, all of that is over. I am back at Lafayette, back in the familiar routine of room-Acopian-room. In some ways, it feels like I had never left. But I will always have those wonderful memories, and I look forward to the day when I revisit Germany. Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland. Bis später!