I’m in the United States, and have been for a few weeks now. I didn’t think that reverse culture shock would really affect me that much, but it kind of did. Spanish is still in my brain, and some of my thoughts come out in Spanish.
My experience has changed me, but in a different way than what I expected: I feel like I’ve become more of myself. I’ve become more confident, and I love myself a little more than I used to.
I miss Spain. I feel like every time I speak in a language that is not Spanish, I am actively forgetting the language, but the truth is, there are so few opportunities to practice it. I plan on becoming much more active in the Spanish clubs and organizations on campus, but beyond that, I have few other ways to practice it.
This truly was a great experience, and this was supposed to “get my feet wet” for the actual, semester long study that I plan on doing spring of my junior year. Until then, I will be working like crazy at my science classes and trying to get all of my ducks in a row so that I am able to make these travel dreams come true.