High Low Glitter: Abroad and Home

Studying abroad is the only chance a person ever gets to have where they can just drop their life at home, live in a foreign country for a few months, travel and eat as much as possible, see so much history and culture, and make friends that will last a lifetime.

It’s very different being home.

by Cece Arrison

December 2014 – Last weeks in Denmark

High: I went to Amsterdam for a weekend with a friend. We had an amazing time; there was so more to do than I thought. We had a really fun, jam packed weekend. We also met some amazing Germans and a guy from Miami in our hostel that we became friends with.

Low: Lots of things to do, both school and tourist-y, all to get done before I go home! I had to really manage my time and plan ahead how to get everything in. That got a bit stressful. Plus, of course, the sad reality of leaving Denmark!

Glitter: Reflecting on this whole experience. Studying abroad is the only chance a person ever gets to have where they can just drop their life at home, live in a foreign country for a few months, travel and eat as much as possible, see so much history and culture, and make friends that will last a lifetime. I can’t even express how grateful I was to have this opportunity.

December 2014: First Weeks Back Home

High: Being home is wonderful; it was so exciting to see my parents and grandparents. I’d never gone that long without seeing my parents, I see them at school quite often due to breaks and they come to diving meets.

Low: It’s very different being home. I live in a small town where I have to drive everywhere and the nearest big city is Manchester, NH probably. I missed taking the train to downtown Copenhagen where there is so much to do. I got bored pretty quickly.

Glitter: Seeing my friends from home, college, and gymnastics. At the start of the semester it was hard since I hadn’t gone abroad with any friends so I really missed them. It was nice being home and hanging out with people who have known me for a long time and we could just hang out, not go tourist-ing or something.

Cece Arrison is a junior from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. For the next four months she is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She is in a psychology major and exercise and sports studies minor. 

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