It’s been three days since I’ve been home from France and the amazing feeling of “I’VE BEEN IN FRANCE!” remains unfaded. Whether I’m alone or in conversation, memories are constantly tumbling out, flooding my senses with tastes, smells, sounds, and sights. Nostalgia strikes hard when I realize how different things are here, only an ocean away. This trip to France has overwhelmed my expectations completely and left me with a strong desire to make my way back there someday. Not only do I have an increased appreciation for wines and cheeses (as well as the microbiology behind their unique value), but I’ve also gained a culture and an experience that can’t be fully expressed in words or pictures. Rather, it’s a feeling, a warmth, a way of interacting with people that was previously unknown to me. And for that, I am thankful to everyone who’s been a part of this journey. To my wonderful professors and classmates, who taught me that France is so much more than the Eiffel Tower and buttery croissants. To my family and friends at home, who encouraged me to take chances and grab onto exciting opportunities. And of course to Rutgers and SEBS, for enabling me to expand my education by more than just 3 credits.
It’s been the ride of a lifetime, France. I hope to see you again soon 🙂