Before leaving for my exchange year in Boston I was told many times that nine months from that 26th of August when I jumped on a plane to the States, I would not be the same person. I must admit I was a bit skeptical. I wasn’t fully convinced by the idea that a city and such a short time could have such a big impact on someone’s life.
But they were right and I was wrong. I was totally wrong.
My exchange was the best thing that happened to me, and maybe it was so perfect because I didn’t have that many expectations when I left. I must be honest, I was a bit afraid to leave. I knew from the moment that I started my University degree that I would have taken part in such a program, yet I was so in love with London and with my life there that instead of being excited at the thought of the experience awaiting me, I was instead a bit bothered by leaving. So I sat on that plane on a hot summer day with very few expectations, but with open arms to welcome anything that Boston would have thrown at me.
My exchange was absolutely perfect for many reasons: I met my best friends, I traveled the country, I expanded my academic knowledge, I met people from all around the world, I learned how to face any kind of difficulties by myself. But most importantly, I learned to live with a smile on my face, because I knew that my time there with the people that soon became my family was limited.
It is hard to put my whole experience into words but trust me when I say that if I could turn back the clock I would live it again and again. Not a day passes by that I don’t miss my time in Boston. It was a journey of pure happiness and discovery. Self-discovery to be precise. I learned to let myself go, to not be afraid to show who I really am, to stop worrying about what people might think of me. Now I am a more confident person, I stopped hiding my true personality, and all this happened because I stepped out of my comfort zone and did what many people don’t.
My exchange is a living memory that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I will never stop thanking myself for filling in those forms, my parents for always backing up my choices, and the people I met there for the life lessons they taught me. It was a crazy ride but it was the best time of my life.
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