Bryanda’s Farewell Journal

Title: Chao, amigos!

Abstract: My Journey in Chile is coming to an end and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to share every bit of it with you!

I can’t even begin to believe that my time in Chile is coming to an end. I feel as if I was getting off the plane in Santiago, Chile just a few weeks ago. My study abroad experience in Chile has been everything and nothing like I imagined. I knew I was going to have the time of my life and I was going to make new friends, but I never knew how much all of it was going to change my life. The way I view and value life has completely changed and my hunger for adventure has only increased. Every single experience, every person I spoke to, and each and every one of you reading this journal have contributed to what has been the most memorable experience of my life.
I remember being extremely scared to fly far over to a place I had never been to before. While the fear I felt still seems fair, I can now say that I was worried about all the wrong things. For example, before I got here I was worried that it would be tough to make new friends since I didn’t know anyone. Now, at the end of my time here in Chile, I can’t even begin to count all the wonderful people that I’ve met. Not only the people here, but also each and every single one of you! I am so glad to be able to look back at my fears and laugh because I overcame all of them. Believe it or not, one of my biggest fears is flying in an airplane. After flying in one for thirteen hours to get here, plane rides now seem like a piece of cake!
Although I know I will miss Chile before I even leave, I am excited to get back home to Arizona. I can’t even imagine how weird it will be to be back in the United States. The food, the people, the city, and everything else will be different, but especially my view on life. I now know how many greater things there are out there in this world and I have learned to appreciate the little things. One of these little things is walking. I used to drive everywhere because I was too lazy to walk or because I simply didn’t feel like it. Now, after not being in a car for four months and seeing how much I can explore by walking to places, I don’t even want to think of having to drive anywhere. I have even come up with a list of the places I want to explore or hike in Arizona once I’m back. My excitement builds up every time I add a new location to my list. You’d be surprised how much exploring you can do even in just your backyard!
From offering me an incredible education to allowing me to learn Spanish all the way in Chile, college has opened a million doors for me. It is not every day that a person has the opportunity to go learn a language in another country all while living there for four months. I am very blessed and lucky to be able to say that. I hope that following me throughout my journey in Chile has also been an adventure for you. I also hope that my story has inspired you to reach for your goals and dreams and make them come true just like I did. Is there a special place in the world you want to go explore? Is there a particular language you want to learn? Well, you can! Keep doing your best in school and you will definitely have the chance to do so. One day, you can be the one talking to a third grade class from the other side of the world.

Thank you for following me throughout the best journey of my life. Working with you was the cherry on top of my unforgettable trip. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!


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