New Zealand has been an experience like none other. I’ve learned so much about different cultures like the Maori, seen some incredible scenery, met amazing people, and mostly learned more about myself. As it turns out, I’m less American than I think. My South African / British roots are definitely there and were evident in my reaction to cultural differences compared to other Americans. I also found that I can be quite outgoing and assertive when put in new situations. This entire time I haven’t really felt that scared or nervous about being in a new country or figuring out a new school system etc. In fact it’s been fun. I’ve found that I tend to be content with where I am, hardly getting homesick (if at all) and really enjoying the time I have to spend in each different place I’m at.
Studying abroad has definitely been one of the most incredible things I’ve done and I’ve made friends for life through it. Now it’s on to begin the nursing program back at my home university – something I’m currently feeling more nervous about than I ever did with leaving the country and being alone in a foreign place. Still, I’m sure the program will be an amazing experience – it’s time this new adventure began. Farewell New Zealand – thanks for everything – I’m sure we will meet again someday.
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