Los Angeles You Will be Missed - June Blog
As I'm writing this blog I am back home, back in France and my exchange year is over. I had a little bit of time the last few weeks to think about it. Now I can look back at it and have a little reflection of it.
Before I left for America I was sure the exchange year was quite the experience. I am not disappointed. Indeed, it is safe to say that this year was the most amazing year of my life so far. I made so many memories, memories that I'll keep my entire life hopefully. I enjoyed life, and I got different but yet I'm still the same person. I accomplished so much there and I feel grown up, no joke. Words can't really describe a year like that and one needs to live it to fully understand it. To those who are going on an exchange in the future : please enjoy every single moment of it because it goes by way faster than you'd think and once it's over, you can come back but it will never be the same anymore. An exchange year is a once in a lifetime experience that isn't going to be easy. It required me a lot of efforts and sacrifices but as the quote says "Nobody said it would be easy but they said it would be worth it". Well, it was definitely worth it. This year was full of learning for me. I learned english better and even if I still make a lot of mistakes I feel now comfortable in this language which is very important in the every day life. I learned also a lot in my classes and it was really interesting. I learned about a new culture and even if I still had some difficulties sometimes by the end, I felt integrated in this culture. Last but not least I learned a lot about myself. This is a really big part of what I gained from my exchange : I gained in knowing who I truly am (I gained weight as well hahaha). I am more confident, more patient, more thankful, more curious, more passionate, more mature. But after all I am more myself which is the most important part. This year has been the worst and the best. It is all about lows and highs and I got a long period of lows this year during winter when California got rainy and everything. I got very sad and wouldn't go out anymore. But hopefully the nice weather came back and chased my bad mood away and I could enjoy it again. The craziest things happened to me, I saw so many celebrities in LA, I said yes to so many adventures but it was so worth it all the way around. I'll miss a lot of aspects of it, like going to school in my sweat pants and slippers (you gotta love America for that), watching sunsets at the beach, making s'mores with my friends or my host family around a bonfire, going to the big malls, visiting LA etc. But I'm really happy I'm back too and I know I will come back to that crazy place that is called California. I am proud and happy to say that I have two homes. My heart is like a big red thing from what I leave pieces of a little bit everywhere around the world. Well I left a chunk of my heart in California. I am so happy to be with my friends and family now, to have french bread and cheese, but I'll come back to my friends and family in America, it is just a matter of time.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from this amazing year, Los Angeles you will be missed. 2016-2017