Do I regret my decision?
A few days ago my countdown to the day I leave Canada showed me that I have less than 100 days left. Don’t understand me wrong when I say countdown. I’m not counting the days till I leave Canada. I really enjoy it here and I don't want to imagine what it will be like when the day of the takeoff really comes.
But ok let’s look ‘a little bit’ back. I want to talk about the last past seven months and what I think. Do I regret it, would I do it again ...?
Do be honest the question if I regret my exchange year is maybe a little bit stupid if I already said that I don’t want to think about leaving , but here my top 5 reasons why (not in a particular order).
Of course my English has improved. That’s probably one of the main reason why I wanted to do an exchange. It doesn’t matter if your English is bad or already good. I started to think in English and since then I didn’t had trouble to say what I want without searching for the words. It becomes so much easier and one day I caught myself, thinking what that word is in German or I suddenly used an English word while speaking German (still doing it). Also, good English skills are important in nowadays jobs.
Self-Confidence, Independence, open-minded etc.
I can definitely already say that I chanced during the last seven months. I have more confidence in myself and are open-minded to other people or cultures. Also you learn to be independent. Sure your host parents can help you but they won’t help you with every problem. I can’t really explain in which way I changed, but a friend from Spain told me that she has the feeling she changed too. My host sister from Brazil said she learned and gained patience, to respect differences, that accepted that she can’t know everything and many other things.
It sounds weird when I say that but remember that person who always said “Do it while you are young”? He/she is so right. I had so many opportunities to spend one year abroad and I chose High School. I had doubt if that was the right choice but i really never regret it!! After this year a new “chapter” will start for me. I’m really excited for it and my year abroad helped me in some way to decide what I want to do.. Travel when you are young and you will learn from it. Also you might not get the chance again.
It’s a huge adventure even when your adventure on day becomes your normal life and it doesn’t seem like an adventure anymore. But since I’m here I want to travel. I want to experience new cultures and this becomes a little bit easier with the friends I made. I have three places in this world I definitely want to visit because of my friends: Japan, Spain and Brazil. But I got interested in so much more.
My host family
Last but not least my host family. I personally cared more about the home and the
people I will spend 10 months with than the school and the place I will go to. And I had so much luck with my host family. There are so many good things to say about them but all in all I’m just a part of the family and that probably makes it the hardest thing to say goodbye. At least 50% of my memories are together with them (that’s a huge part ).
I think you can make friends everywhere. I'm also so lucky in this aspect too. I have great friends and it's going to be weird when we will live in different countries. They all will make saying goodbye sooooo hard.
So, maybe it is obvious but I would always do it again!