And just like that, abroad is over. It is kind of a surreal feeling, because studying abroad in Germany is something that I have been intending to do since middle school. Now, I’ve done it, and it is very bittersweet.
There are a lot of things about Freiburg I’m going to miss dearly. Wandering through the small cobblestone alleyways. The Münster square at night. The sunrise from my apartment window. The daily farmer’s market. The cafe down the street from my school I went to everyday. These are only a few, but they stick out most in my mind now as I write this.
This experience has taught me a lot about myself, the life I inhabit, and the worldview I possess. These are all still things I am processing, but I have left Germany with many new perspectives. I have also left proud of myself and what I accomplished while abroad. The program I participated in was much more difficult than I anticipated, but I wholeheartedly faced each challenge. My broad but original goal, too, was met: I definitely became better at German. It would be hard to take 5 classes in a different language and not get better, but I am very proud at how far I came in relatively short amount of time.
I head back to Colby tomorrow, and I’m excited to be with all my friends that I haven’t seen in a while. And I have plenty of pictures of Freiburg to put up in my room to stave off the heimweh (homesickness).