Journal: Farewell!

Can you believe this is the final journal? I sure cannot, but as always I hope you enjoy!

Journal (there are no prompts to respond to or a separate introduction for this article type!):

I cannot believe this is it. This is the final of what seemed to be a very short semester together, but I hope you have enjoyed every story and post that I have shared with you along my journey of a lifetime. Before I say my final goodbyes, I would like to share with you one final note about my adventure through Spain.

I would like to share with you a “Top Ten” list of activities, people or experiences that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.

  1. Getting to experience a journey of a lifetime with my best friend, Kyra.
  2. My señora becoming my mom away from home and allowing me to become a part of her family for the past three months. Teaching me her family traditions, dishes, language and some life lessons.
  3. By living in another country, I was able to learn to appreciate what I have in my own home and family.
  4. Living as if I were a citizen of Segovia, Spain and blending in with the people. This allowed me to discover how it feels to live as another person in the world.
  5. Having the opportunity to travel to other parts of Spain and Europe.
  6. Meeting and spending time with my Señora’s daughter, son and grandchildren.
  7. The beautiful backgrounds of snowy mountains anywhere I walked in Segovia.
  8. Enjoying historical landmarks on my walk to school or run through Segovia.
  9. Speaking the Spanish language!
  10. Being able to compare and contrast the lifestyles of Spain and the United States.

Now I know that many of my top ten include many events inside of them, but spending three months in Spain where I felt as if I were having the most wonderful dream I have ever had, it was difficult to pick only ten items. Can you imagine this?

My experience here in Segovia was more than just a dream. Think for a second. If you could go anywhere in the world and do what I have been doing, living in another culture with a new family and friends where would you go? What do you think it would be like? Can you imagine?

When I was a freshman in high school, my teacher asked me these same questions. Each day as I pasted through the streets of Segovia, I felt like a little kid who just opened up their perfect Christmas gift. I was amazed and always kept this feeling with me throughout my journey. It was a new adventure each day that passed. I truly felt like an explorer.

It was very difficult to have to say goodbye. I was not looking forward to it and I just kept telling myself, enjoy every minute you have left here and when it is time to go, be happy and grateful you were given such an opportunity. Even though I kept telling myself this, when it was time to say goodbye I could not. I began to cry and asked my mama if I could just stay with her in her house and live there all summer long. The terrible thing was, she began to cry, too!

Can you imagine this? How would you react? Have you ever had to say goodbye to someone you loved or something? I did not know how to handle myself, so I did the only thing I could. I hugged her, walked on the bus and began to cry.

Even though it was a difficult thing to do, I am glad I was able to have such an experience because many are not given the opportunity to live in another country and create a new family halfway across the world. They, along with all my adventures I will carry with me forever.

As I grow up, they will be with me and have taught me a little more about myself and my goals for after graduation. What do you want to be when you grow up? If you are anything like me, my answer would always change depending how old I was, where I was or if I had learned something new and exciting.

Now, as I enter in my last year of college I actually had to make a decision. Believe it or not, I did not decide until the beginning of last year what it was that I want to do with the rest of my life. After graduation I would like to work with Math for America. It is a program where I would teach high school aged kids math. I would be teaching at an inner city school.

I want to inspire them to continue their education and value it. I want to be able to help them appreciate a gift such as education, because there are many other children throughout the world who cannot afford or do not even have the opportunity to attend classes. I want to make a difference in their lives. This is what I want to be when I grow up.

A couple of more things before I say my final goodbyes. I want to thank you guys so much for following my journey these past three months. I have enjoyed sharing every detail about my journey and I hope that you guys were able to feel as if you were there with me at one point or another. Thank you so much for this, with some of my posts I was able to feel like a kid again using my imagination and creativity. Supplying you all with some of my favorite stories and pictures.

I want to thank Ben and Christina as well. I know you two put a lot of work into providing this wonderful opportunity with theses students. Thank you for providing them with another aspect of education and being able to “explore” new parts of the world outside of NYC.

Thank you all again for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful and amazing opportunity, I have enjoyed the past three months with you all. If you have any more questions about my journey or anything, please feel free to contact me! I hope you enjoyed our journey together!

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