The clocks in America went forward an hour early Sunday morning as Daylight Saving time signalled the return of the Summer, although for us privileged lot living in Southern California, we weren’t really aware of the Summer ever leaving… However, the temperature is definitely rising (it was pushing 30 degrees this weekend) and the extra hour of daylight definitely seems to make a big difference in elongating the day. Unfortunately I have my first midterm exam tomorrow, so the improved weather has been somewhat of a distraction during allocated revision time.
Nevertheless, all this talk of clocks and time has got me thinking about how important it is to make the most of the time you spend on a year abroad. Personally I don’t think I am experiencing the typical study abroad year, having not chosen to live in halls and subsequently being quite separated from a lot of the other international students. However, I’ve managed to enjoy myself for the most part of the last seven months and am certainly looking forward to the last two/three that remain. Thus with my imminent return to England, and the Summer holidays, just around the corner plans are already beginning to take shape with friends from back home. Though normally, I look forward to this annual Facebook-message organisation of reacquainting myself with the people that I’ve grown up with for the last twenty years or so, it’s made me determined to make the most of the remaining time that I have left to spend in America.
With Spring Break, Coachella Festival, and my family coming out to visit all fast approaching in the coming months, hopefully my next few blog posts will me a bit more content-driven than this one! Although, for anyone reading who is on their own year abroad, or is perhaps undertaking one in the future, you can never have enough reminders to make sure you remember to make the most of your opportunities. Homesickness will undoubtedly occur at some point, but home is always going to be there when the year finishes and inevitably once you do return to the chilly climes of England, you’ll no doubt wish you were still abroad.