I purposely waited a long while after my return from Greece to write this final reflection post. I wanted the summer to run its course and give myself as much time as possible to let the impact of the Mediterranean sink in. Now just a few days before entering my final year at Rutgers, my mindset is far different from prior years.
While I am certainly sentimental about it being my last year on the banks of the Raritan river, I know I will miss the experiential learning style utilized while studying abroad. I now return back to what I’ve been used to for years. Back to packed lecture halls, struggling to keep pace with every word my professor says, and reading thick textbooks of other’s experiences rather than my own. There’s really nothing like experiential learning. I hope to see courses recognize the benefits of this learning style and shift curriculum in its favor.
On a happier note, I enter my senior year excited about something I took home from Greece: great friends. Studying abroad is first and foremost an education experience for individual growth and knowledge. Along with that, however, is the inevitability of friendships made abroad. While I’m excited to spend time with some select peers I became very close to, I remain eager to reconnect with fellow students and professors of the course that I have not seen since landing back at Newark International Airport.
In closing, this last post does not represent the end of my Greece trip. Over the course of the summer, I learned that I’ve taken home lessons & friends that will last a lifetime.