It’s such a helpless feeling to be returning home again. It’s always the worst part of coming to have to leave this beautiful country and some amazing friends too. I love the life out here, and it’s so different to life at University, filled with stress, hard work and expectations. Instead, you find a kind of solace in day to day life – something I struggle to find in England.
Leaving for the airport means last goodbyes. And no-one likes them. The thought of not knowing when I will see those I care about again is unbelievably emotional. How long will it be this time? To leave such a beautiful country which gives you so much peace only makes the departure even more poignant.
However, as England calls me back, it brings with it the last stretch of hard work and dedication to my studies. And, with the hope of a great job at the end of University, adds additional pressure to this month. With it comes applications, work experience and interviews. So far, I’ve had a few pretty full on interviews before my travels, and am now waiting to hear back from those companies.
If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Greece, do it! Follow your heart every now and again. If I could give my younger self some wise words it would be don’t worry too much about the future. Embrace the now and only change something when you become unhappy. Some things are important, of course, but University isn’t all about good grades and study. It’s about the experience too, the friends you meet, and the great times you have. Stick to your work, of course, study as hard as you can, but don’t make it your only priority, you’ll learn more that way. Experiencing a new culture and new life will pop that monotonous bubble that England envelops you in – converting you from a timid student to someone who is unafraid to experience different cultures, people and day to day life.
I write this as I am sat in seat 22A. I look out of the small plane window as the sun stretches across the Greek expanse, hoping to see it again very soon.