It’s my last week at NCCU and Taipei, and I’m currently scrambling to get all of my papers, projects, and exams done early this week. I’ll still have to write a 5-page term paper when I get home (since my professor hasn’t assigned the prompt yet), but other than that, everything’s almost done.
These past 4.5 months abroad has been an amazing eye-opening experience. As my second time studying abroad, my experience in East Asia has really solidified some of the epiphanies I had during my abroad year in Spain, while also opening my eyes to brand new perspectives on myself, my priorities, and the world surrounding me.
Unlike my first experience, which gave me sights into a future I hadn’t really considered, my exchange at National Chengchi University gave me the opportunity to delve back into my past and take the much-need time to reflect on myself and the path I’ve taken. I’ve reunited with old friends and made lasting relationships with new ones. I’ve surpassed all of the expectations I had in coming here and have also ended up with more questions.
With everything I’ve learned, what will I do now and who will I become?
It doesn’t take much to realize that only time will answer these questions. However, with everything I’ve experienced here, at least I know I’ll have the heart and state-of-mind to accept whatever answers life decides to give me.
I’ll miss my friends and the little life I’ve built here, but it’s safe to say that…
I’m ready to go home.