So this is my final post! I know I’ve said this 100 times, but it doesn’t feel like that long ago when I was writing my first blog post at the beginning of my year abroad. Looking back at my posts it’s reminded me of some of the things I’ve done that I had forgotten about as well as refreshing my memory on other things. Certainly when I started I didn’t think I’d be writing a post from Fiji, talking about Australian sports, and writing about how much I’d fallen in love with the Australian Outback, but it just goes to show how a year abroad can (literally) take you to some places you never thought you’d visit, inspire new interests in you, and prove that some things you thought you’d love aren’t actually quite what you thought they’d be (read: surfing).
I hope this blog has provided some insight into what doing a year abroad could be like, and whether it’s inspired you to do one yourself, sown a seed of possibility in your mind, or confirmed that it’s not the thing for you, I hope it has helped you with the decision making process. If you think doing a year abroad is the thing for you, this my last opportunity to urge you to take the plunge – I really don’t think you’ll regret it. And if you do still have some concerns, between us I think the study abroad bloggers have provided some advice on the most common concerns (finance, choosing a destination).
And if you’re about to start a year abroad, I thoroughly recommend keeping some kind of blog as it’s a great way to keep track of some of your memories and experiences and family and friends back home can keep up to date with what you’re doing.
Now I’m home and adjusted I will spend the next two months re-embracing life in the UK, re-acquainting myself with English food, and trying not to bore too many people with stories from my year abroad. The time will also come when I turn my attentions to Leicester and the academic year to come; after all, whilst the year abroad may be done I still have a degree to get. Thank you for your company throughout the year, whether you’ve read one post or all of them, I’ve really enjoyed sharing my experiences with you.