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Emotional roller coaster

You ARE going to be extremely torn. You will want to go home during the year, but when those last couple of weeks arrive, you wont be able to understand that all of these amazing things actually happend to you and that you were the lucky one to be accepted and loved by your friends and extra-family. That last day, it’s going to feel so unreal, you’re not going to understand it at all.

The first two months will probably be pretty slow and strange, but the other eight months will go by so fast that you will stop and ask yourself how you ever felt homesick.
You are going to be sad about the fact that you ever wanted to leave and go home. And this is an experience that you will have where it’s guaranteed that you will be homesick, you will have days where it feels like nothing else but a hug from your real mom would help. But you’ll get through it and you’ll grow so much from it.

The last weeks you have left before you go home, you are going to notice that you all of a sudden mature and age a few years, it’s crazy, and it’s weird, but it’s perfectly normal. When you sit down and take it all in, all of your experiences, friends, connections, and stories you have to tell your friends, family, and future kids, you WILL change. You grow up a couple of noches. That’s not weird.

You are going to be walking with your friends for that very last time, and you’re going to say goodbye as if you’ll see each other next week, because that’s what you’ve always done.
You’ve been there for each other and that wont change. You will still think about each other, even if you don’t talk as much. And just hope that one day, you will see their big smile again and give them those huge hugs and joke around in that way that only you understood. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. Don’t miss out on such an opportunity.

You are going to find some of your old friends, from your home country, completely different because your view on them come from another point of view after all of this. You might’ve outgrown each other, and that’s okay, that’s life. And you’ve gotten so many new friends during your exchange year!

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