Exchange Student USA

You build a life in 10 months and leave it forever

The worst. The hardest. The saddest part of your exchange. When you’re in your home country before leaving to study abroad many things come into your mind like “Why am I doing this?” ” how am I going to live without all these people?” “Will I know how to make things by myself in another language?”

And then you go, you feel alone, you feel determinate and scared but when you arrive, that feeling of it all being new, kind of distracts you from the ‘missing my family’ thoughts. And then time passes by, you have lived it all, you met people that understood you cause they were also foreign, you met native people and somehow it really doesn’t matter how long you stayed abroad, these people become your FAMILY.

You’ve been through everything together and they know all about you but you knew that someday you would have to say goodbye to them, in our minds that day is always too far away, then it suddenly comes. You start feeling weird because you don’t feel like it was that hard for you to say goodbye to your family in your home country but it is right now to your exchange family, then I’ll tell and ask you one thing “You build a life for 16 years and leave it for 10 months.”

You build a life in 10 months and leave it forever. Which one is harder? “. When you’re “home” you will need your family or you’ll feel the need to hug some unique person and you just can’t, it hurts but that’s the price for having your heart in many parts of the world. But please don’t worry, the memories with this people will always be on your mind and you will always remember the time you’ve been together, even though you know that it will never, ever be the same.

Dayanan Baptist

Hi folks! I'm Dayanan, 22 year old former Exchange Student from Copenhagen, Denmark. I spent my year in Michigan, USA back in 11/12'.

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