Last week I arrived home from New Zealand meaning that my year abroad experience has come to an end. I’ve left UC, Christchurch and New Zealand behind and flown halfway round the globe back home. The past year has been incredible and I’m so glad that I made the decision to study abroad. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time in New Zealand and had some incredible experiences, visited some amazing places and met some wonderful people. From bungy jumping and whitewater rafting to sleeping in a snow cave and walking on active volcanoes I have had an action-packed year.
When I went to New Zealand this time last year it was the first time I’d ever been on a long haul flight and the first time I’d been out of Europe which was a daunting experience, but on the way back I was much more confident with travelling thanks to all the travelling I did during my year abroad and I was perfectly happy flying for 30 hours by myself.
Whilst I’m sad to be leaving New Zealand, I’m really happy to be back home after being away for a year. I’m also looking forward to going back to Leicester again soon to see my friends graduating, then starting the hard work again in September. Since I’ve been home I’ve had plenty of rain which makes up for all the British weather I missed over the past year. Surprisingly I’ve managed to avoid any jet lag despite New Zealand being 11 hours ahead of the UK.
I now have the task of sorting through the several thousand photos I took during the year to choose some to put in an album. Looking back is reminding me of all the great times I had during the year and all the amazing places I’ve been, making me want to be back in New Zealand. The whole year was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. If you are thinking about doing a year abroad I would highly recommend it, you won’t regret saying yes.