So this is it! It’s the last day of autumn term at the University of Warwick, and thus my semester studying abroad comes to a close (although I’m not heading home just yet!). I have had a lot of ~feelings~ this week, because although I’m really excited to get back to Europe and adventure some more there, I’ve also come to see Coventry as a home away from home, and I’ve met some amazing people here who I hope will remain my friends in years to come.
I honestly wish I could extend my stay. Or better yet, move here right away (!). Everyone asks me why – from those who live here and want more sunshine, to those who are on exchange with me and are ready to go home.
I can’t exactly explain the feeling, but it’s a mixture of things. Firstly, the people I’ve met. It’s not something I talk a lot about here, but it is part of the story. I’ve met many Christians while here and seeing the work they’re doing and the spiritual teaching they’re getting has been incredibly inspiring. So, with all the new and renewed friendships, I certainly gravitate towards the people here. It probably also helps that at the moment I don’t miss home that much because although I have plenty of friends and my immediate family in Melbourne, the pull of adventure is greater. It’s the people I’ll miss the most.
It’s also a cultural thing. I love history and culture and intellect and this place is overflowing with it. So you could say I’m in my happy place.
And lastly, I don’t quite know why, but I feel more at home here. Perhaps it’s the freedom I have, but I feel more me.
But, all good things come to an end. And although I’m busy researching ways to get back here (internships, masters, grad jobs), I’m ready to see what comes next.