Vina, outbound to Poland

A little less than two months left of exchange and I'm struggling to figure out how time flew by so fast. I've heard it a million times, "Time flies" but I've never really taken it into consideration until now. Before I started writing this journal, I visited the homepage of RYE FL, browsed through the pictures of my fellow exchange friends, and remembered how just a year or so ago, I was sitting at home doing my research about exchange, and wishing that my adventure would start already. Now here I am, writing to you from Poland with only two months left of exchange. It's a bittersweet feeling, a mix of happiness that I will be returning to a new life in Florida, but also sad that my great big adventure is ending. Not that living in Florida isn't great because it is, but the reason being that Poland is also home, where I have a family whom I love dearly and friends that I will stay in contact with for years to come, as well as speaking the language I've come to love.

So before I end this short journal, I want to answer a question I get asked often, "Why exchange?" Now, of course there are a lot of reasons why someone would be crazy enough to get on a plane and live in a foreign country for a year. The answer is different for everyone. But as for me, I wanted to go on exchange because I wanted to find myself. I wanted adventures, figure out what I want to do with my life, and I found just that. Explaining my reasons would probably take awhile to explain, because even I'm still processing it all in my head. But that's the great thing about exchange, others don't have to understand it, as long you do. 

Exchange is life. It's challenging yourself, stepping out of your comfort zone, finding out what you want in life, and so much more. It's singing with your girlfriends while walking down the street feeling like you're Adele or Beyonce, it's dancing randomly in the middle of the square because you got dared to, it's messing up a sentence and having people laugh but know it's okay because you know you're trying. Exchange is the best thing to ever happen in my life, and I've loved every day of it, even the good and bad days.