|Special thanks to my friend Claudia for this photo.|
It's been quite a ride. I've enjoyed writing this blog, just as I've enjoyed every minute of my Fulbright experience, but as we know, all good things must come to an end.
When I first left my house for the airport, I was excited, but nervous. Nervous about making friends, nervous about my classes, nervous about finding my way around campus, like everyone is when they first start at a new school. I was also scared. Scared of a lot of things actually. Missing my flight. Plane crashes. Being too homesick to enjoy anything. Low trees. Some of these fears were definitely more rational than others, but all of them flitted through my mind at least briefly (except for the low trees - that fear came later). And all of them proved to be unfounded (except, once again, for the low trees. Okay that joke's stale now).
I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived in England (certainly not the heat). I thought I would have a great time and I was vaguely aware that the experience would probably change me in profound ways, but trying to see into the nebulous future was of course, impossible. So, it is with great pleasure that I say that my experience in England was far better than I ever could have imagined.
|My friends and I on the Seal Isle boat trip in St. Ives|
Dear readers, do you want to know what the best and worst part of this whole experience was? Making so many wonderful friends and then having to say goodbye to them with the realistic expectation that I probably won't see most of them ever again (not to be a bummer but hey, let's be real here).
|My Global & Imperial History pathway class.|
Special thanks to my friend Sandy for this photo.
|Nothing like sharing a cream tea with friends|
I guess what I'm trying to say here is when the worst part of any experience is that you don't want it to end, that means it's a pretty damn awesome experience.
|The Fabulous Fulbright Four|
|Karoake night at The Ram, Exeter's on-campus pub|
intensely grateful that I was able to form so many wonderful ones in Exeter.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the US-UK Fulbright Commission for making this experience possible, Valerie Schreiner for coordinating the Fulbright programme and being so gracious and understanding with me when I showed up to one of our meetings a half hour late (oops), Lyndon McKevitt and Lucy Thompson for coordinating the University of Exeter International Summer School programme and going waaaaay above and beyond the call of duty, and last, but certainly not least, Professor Clive Sabel, who led the Fulbright week with spirit, humour, and passion. You guys are the best.
|Our group photo - be sure to click to make it larger!|
Photo Credit: University of Exeter International Summer School
It's always hard to say goodbye. So I'm not going to. During my last night at Exeter, several students gave beautiful and poignant reflection speeches at the gala dinner. One student ended their speech with a quote that went something like this, "It's not goodbye. It's see you down the road." See you down the road my friends.