My exchange year is coming to an end, but I will always be an exchange student. Maybe this is just the current, incessant feeling that I can't leave France, but I hope to always keep the mentality that this year gave me. I know in not too long that I will have to leave this life that I made.
"Well, you can always visit"
Yes, I can always visit, but I won't live with my families or go to my school. I won't see my friends from 10+ countries at the same time at the same place.
As upset as I feel about all of that, I wouldn't change any of it and I'd do it all over again.
I've grown a lot in my time here (and not in the usual gain 10 lbs for exchange students). In fact, I've actually lost around 6 kgs. I guess that's a good transition to physical change. My hair is a lot longer, although my mom made me get a haircut while she was here. I wear jeans almost everyday as opposed to twice a month. I'm fairly certain that I have 1.5 broken fingers. My Rotary blazer also went from 20 pins to 150 and counting
Other changes are a bit more difficult to describe. I'm bilingual now which I will happily call my greatest accomplishment. I struggle with the word fluent, though. The line is not all that clear. My pronunciation is still horrible, but that's beside the point.
My friend group has grown from a couple people in a couple states to people in several countries. I got to hear the opinions of the Brexit from people all over Europe... extremely eye-opening. The weigh-in from an Italian girl from my bustrip was especially hilarious with her colorful vocabulary.
One thing that has really changed is the amount of times I will say in my head, "well when will I get another chance." New food? Taste it. New person? Talk to them. Have a question? Ask it.
The food is gross, the person rude, and the person you asked the question to laughs at you. To me, that's a lot better than wondering.
I have had to say goodbye to a lot of people already and there's still a lot left. They did make it a lot easier by dumping water on me beforehand, but I would not recommend that anyone else try that. (If French people blindfold you on your birthday. run.)
My flight is in 6 days, my suitcase is halfway packed, and my room is a mess. Wow, I'm really going to miss the croissants.
That was a real hodgepodge wasn't it?
Euro Cup Final is tonight!!! ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!