Lindsay, Outbound to France

So, I've been in France for almost 7 months now and time is going by so quick. I have about 2 months left of my exchange (because I am going home to graduate with my class), it seems like I have so much time left but I also know in about what feels like 2 seconds, it'll be time to say my goodbyes. Some days I'm ready to just hop on a plane back to the U.S and other days I can't imagine saying goodbye to this life. I think before exchange we all had this idea in our heads that this will be the best and easiest year of our life. If anything this has not been the easiest year, I've struggled a lot this year, though I am grateful as I know this has definitely helped me grow as a person. I've learned so many lessons from cherishing time to tolerance to learning to love myself. But the biggest lesson I've learned is to appreciate everything. if anything exchange has taught me to appreciate everything from my life back home, to someone taking the time out of their busy schedule to help me with my French. One of my friends back home asked me yesterday "do you regret going on exchange?" and my response was " there are some days when I do ask myself "why am I here? " but no I don't regret coming on exchange because every lesson I've learned, every person I've met, every new food I've tried, and every new thing I've done is 100% worth all the struggles I've faced". 7 months in you would think, I'd be over being home sick but lately, I've been getting more homesick now then I have been throughout my exchange. you know the expression " you don't fully appreciate something until it's gone" well, that works for both situations. I never appreciated my life, my friends, my family, and every little thing from home until now, though I have friends and a host family here, they can never replace the things from home. and I know when I leave to come back home I will miss the same things from here, and I will miss my life here but i guess that's just apart of exchange, you get to live 2 incredible lives within one lifetime and you will always be missing something. On the Bright side I'm getting a little bit of home in a few weeks, my dad and sister are coming to visit me and I am so excited to see them and visit Paris/Nice, Spain, and Italy. they are coming in 3 weeks from today, which seems like a lifetime but I'm exploding with excitement and joy. Now, I just have to get through the 3 more school weeks until spring break!!! I am really lucky to have lived this life the last 7 months, and I'm looking forward to what my final 2 months have in store. I still have so much I want to see and do but if I don't get to do it this time, I guess it will motivate me to work hard and come back!!

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