Travel Log 15 “There’s No Place Like Home? Rites of Reincorporation” By Andrew Rivera Oradell, NJ

Coming back home was bittersweet ending to an amazing 4 months that I had when studying in Barcelona. But I was excited to get back to my family and see people that I haven’t seen since I left. I thought everything was going to be exactly the same, but I was wrong. My outlook was very different I was looking at situations from a new perspective. This was all thanks to my experiences overseas, without it I would be the same old person. I shared my experiences with numerous friends who have previously studied abroad, and family members that were interested in hearing about my journey. One quote that I will always remember is “A house is not a home without family.” The biggest part about home that I missed was my immediate family. My parents and siblings are always with me and seeing them and getting to spend the next 4 months with them were a blessing. I believe that my home community changed very little. The things that I was most comfortable with were still at home in the same spot that I left it. My bed was made, dinner was ready and my family was right next to me. My friends were exactly how I left them and seeing them reminded me that I really do have a great group of friends.

Some of the ways that I could see my experience being carried out is back in school when I see international students. I would be more willing to go out of my way and help them acclimated because I know how it feels to be in a foreign place. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to and help you out. I also think my experience will help me in difficult situations when in group projects and arguments. I have been able to adapt easily and am able to see every side of the story. I gained so much from studying abroad that I believe you can’t get from a book or teacher. You must simply experience it and explore.

After being home I fell into many of the same habits. Being lazy, not doing much, and just not taking advantage of my opportunities. But I got myself out and was able to do the things that I wanted to do. For example, I traveled a little and explored New York City.  I want to get back to seeing something new every day, which was my motto when I was in Barcelona. I kept that statement true throughout my whole stay in Europe which I am very proud of myself. I also want to become more efficient when I am doing my school work, like doing things ahead of time and not cramming the night before. I know this is very hard because some of these bad habits have been with me since high school but I know in the end that I will be worth it.

One quote that represents my thoughts is traveling leaves you speechless and turns you into a story teller. I saw this on social media and was intrigued by it. So many places I was amazed at and when I got home all I could talk about were the places that I visited. The quote was spot on. Not that I have been to places in Europe I don’t want it to stop, I want to keep traveling and see all of what the world has to offer.IMG_5913


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