A year ago from today my mother dropped me off at the Windsor airport.
I held back my tears on the drive there, but ultimately began sobbing once I hugged my mom goodbye. It was the first time we would be so far apart for so long. I was terrified.
Now, when I think back to everything that I experienced when I was away, I can’t believe I was so terrified.
I watched the sun set from seven different countries over the course of 200 days.
I ate Belgian waffles in Belgium, and I fell in love with Kasteel Rouge.
I drank a Guinness in Dublin, and I sat on the edge of the Cliffs of Moher.
I saw the entirety of London from the London Eye, and posed for a typical tourist pic next to a red phone booth.
I toured the oldest castles in Wales, and watched the biggest rugby game of the year in a pub.
I tried banana beer in Germany, and walked the beautiful streets of Kleve.
I did my best to make zero eye-contact in the Red Light District, and I visited as many coffeeshops as possible in Amsterdam.
I went snorkeling every day in Malta, and I ate the best burgers from the Hot Shots burger van every night.
I cried tears of joy and tears of sadness when I landed in America.
After coming home, I finished my last semester at Ferris and I was a featured student at my commencement ceremony in December.
I spent my semester co-planning the Conversations on Race event on campus, and I tutored Umair, a Pakistani international student, in English. He passed his Michigan English test and I somehow managed to pass my exams.
I applied to the Peace Corps and was accepted as a Secondary Education English teacher in Mongolia, my country of choice!
This past year has been the best year of my life – so far – but I know the years ahead will be great too.
Below, you can watch the short video I made composed of pictures and videos from my time in Europe: