I still can’t believe it’s over. It almost doesn’t feel real that I’m home, like I’m in a dream I’m about to wake up from. I already miss being in Germany and I’ve only been home for a few days. Sure, I did miss my family and friends but I feel like I left part of myself in Germany.

Having to readjust to what my life was prior to leaving for Germany has been very hard. I almost didn’t believe that reverse culture shock was real, but now I know firsthand that it is. The food is different, the pace of life is different, and my responsibilities are different, especially since I am between apartments in Tuscaloosa right now and living with my parents for about a week before I move back.

My whole outlook on life has changed. I have changed. I am much more confident and sure of myself now, I am more driven and focused on my goals. One of my goals now is to return to Germany. Being there was one of the best experiences of my life and I hope to experience it again very soon.

I would definitely recommend a study abroad program to anyone who is considering it. My advice to those who want to study abroad but aren’t quite sure yet: just do it. Take the leap, find a way, and go abroad. You won’t regret it for a second. There are tons of scholarships available if you need financial help. Don’t limit yourself by what you think isn’t possible. If you want it bad enough, you can make it real.