April 25, 2014
GO reflection course leaves writer conflictedYou would think that ending your study abroad experience would be one of the hardest things you'd have to go through during college, but talking about it every week for a semester after you return is much worse.
Digging into past memories you have made just a few months back is bittersweet.
It's hard to think back on all of the great times -- maybe back to when you got lost in a foreign city or when you met random strangers at the bar -- when all you want to do is be back there at that very moment.
The Global Citizenship course at Susquehanna that students take when they get back from studying abroad is designed as a follow-up for their cross-cultural experience.
It gives students the opportunity to reflect on their time away and realize what they have learned about not only a new culture, but about themselves.
Furthermore, this reflection course is intended to be a safe space for students to surface any particular challenges from their experience or upon their return.
While the description of the program appears to be beneficial upon your return, personally, I think it's hard. I don't mean the workload, but the class itself is hard.
It is difficult to sit in a room for an hour and a half while being forced to talk about one the best times of your life only because you are being graded for it.
To be reminded over and over again that that part of your life is complete is frustrating to accept.
All I am able to think about during my class is how much I miss my friends or when will I be able to go back to Australia to take another selfie with a kangaroo?
When will I see my friends again? How will I ever come to terms with the fact that it's all over?
I might not agree with certain aspects of this course, but I do enjoy hearing stories from the others in my class about their experiences. You come across some funny stories that you can relate to.
Although I am sometimes heartbroken, I am also reminded of how fortunate I am to have had an opportunity to study in Australia.
I've realized how much I have changed since my time away. It is unbelievable to think about how I was before I left, because I feel like an entirely different person.
My confidence, my strength, my drive, my independence; they have all improved within the last year because of my experience.
It was unnoticeable when I first arrived home, but, as much as I don't want to admit it, the Global Citizenship course opened my eyes to my accomplishments.
The agony I go through every Thursday at 10 a.m. in the science building might be painful, but it is worth it.
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