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Gap Year Abroad

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04/16/2013

the experience of a lifetime

This year has been absolutely amazing. By the time I return home I will have traveled to more than twelve countries, seen one of the Seven Wonders of the World, lived in another country, met so many new and interesting people who touched by heart and whom I’ll never forget.

This last few weeks have been super fun, super busy, but also kind of tough.

Yesterday night was the last day for a few people so we all went to Fería together(Fería is a celebration in Sevilla, but I don’t have time to devote a whole blog to it-so just follow this link to learn morehttp://www.spain.info/en/vive/fiestas/sevilla/feria_de_abril.html).

We all had a good time, but lots of tear were shed and many hugs were given. It’s hard to imagine the possibility of never seeing some of these people again, after experiencing so much with them. Especially the people who I was in Chile with. I have been with them since August. We grew so much this past year and when we return home no one else will understand what we experienced.

Last week was the last week of school. It was sad saying goodbye to my teacher and my classmates, I felt like I was just started to learn things that really interested me.

These last few weeks have consisted me of running around trying to get everything in order before I leave. I have some post gap year plans- but I’m gonna devote a whole blog to explaining that.

It’s really hard to explain the significance of my gap year ending. It really is more significant than when I graduated high school. I’m so lucky and blessed to have had this experience and I just want to thank everyone who has supported me this year. Especially you mom and dad. I know you guys weren’t too keen on me taking a gap year, but you still supported me right from the beginning so thanks for that.

If you ever have the chance to travel- do it! Get out of your comfort zone and experience something new. It’ll be worth it.

I had my doubts about this year, but in the end I couldn’t be happier with my decision to take a gap year. And if I had to do it again, I might do it a bit differently, but I wouldn’t change this experience for anything.

I also just want to take the time to thank the Speedwell Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Messner because without the scholarship I received I would not have been able to have this amazing experience. Here is a link to a bit of information about the organization and the amazing couple that started it. 

http://www.afsusa.org/donate/scholarship-giving/scholarship-profiles/speedwell-foundation/

I’ll be posting one more blog in the upcoming days about my post gap year adventures so keeep an eye out for that.

thanks for following along on this journey with me- I’ll see you all in a few months :)

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