Valerie's Adventures Abroad

Time To Fly Back Home :)

Hey Everyone,

It brings me such a mixture of emotions to be writing this last blog post while abroad. I have so much to say about my time here, and how transformative it has been for me as an individual. Words can not explain how grateful I am to have chosen to study abroad at DIS Stockholm, and to really have taken the time to make this happen, because this has probably been some of the best times of my life. I have made memories that I will never forget, with people that I will never forget.

When I first got to Sweden, I was filled with some stress and excitement. It was stressful to be in a new country, so far away from my friends and family back home in the United States. There were many challenges that I had to face, and this included learning about the transportation system they have here, getting over the language barrier, making new friends, and becoming more familiar with all of my surroundings. Some of these things were certainly not easy and took time and energy. But I ended up overcoming these challenges πŸ™‚

At the beginning of the semester, its very easy to get stressed and anxious about everything around you, including all of the homework that you have, but it gets so much easier once you have settled in. I am proud of myself for getting all of my assignments done so early to avoid any stress with traveling on the weekends, and this also gave me time to explore Sweden as well.

Deciding to study abroad was easy, but the process of actually getting here was not easy. A lot goes into the preparation of studying abroad, but I can not even explain how worth it it is. I will be going back to the United States feeling so fulfilled, knowing that I have truly gotten to explore many parts of the world that were once unknown to me. My heart is so full and this makes me happy :). I have also made friendships here that I know will last a lifetime, I am so grateful to have gotten to know these people. I know for a fact that we will be putting in the energy to see one another after we go back home.

I have grown as a human being just from studying abroad. I have always considered myself to be quite independent; however, I now feel that I am even more independent, but in the best way. I know how to take care of myself everyday, which is comforting to know πŸ™‚ Overall, like i said above, my time studying abroad, and traveling to 11 cities and 10 countries, have been absolutely transformative and makes me feel like I am truly living. I can not explain how grateful I am for what I have been able to do here!! Here are the flags of all the places I have been during my trip πŸ™‚

I have to say though, after this long couple of months traveling the world, I am ready to go back home in Florida to spend time with my family and friends, especially for the Christmas holidays coming up. Nothing is more important than the bond of family πŸ™‚ Here are some photos of what awaits me at home ❀

I also just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog while I have been abroad. Your kind messages have been so appreciated πŸ™‚ After I leave here, I am sure I will continue blogging as well so keep an eye out! Thanks again everyone!

Till Next Time,

Valerie

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