Author: Avery Navikevicius
Program: Fashion Business Management
Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Coming home from Scotland felt like a bigger culture shock than my arrival to Aberdeen. When I left for the UK I was prepared for things to be different, but I wasn’t prepared for that coming home. I wasn’t prepared to not recognize part of my hometown due to construction, or how most of my friends had moved away for the summer to work. You romanticize how the food back home will taste, what the weather will be like and how coming home is going to feel. Well to be honest, after moving into a new apartment and starting back at my old job, I want to be travelling again! You expect everything to be the same as how you left it, but it’s not because you’re not the same anymore. I love my job and my home but I want more adventure! It feels like a step back, and I want to continue going forward. I love my life here, but I loved my life out in Aberdeen just as much and I wasn’t ready for it to end. Unfortunately, my wallet told me it was time to come home.
I can’t say being home has been all that bad though. We surprised my grandmother for her birthday with my arrival back in Canada. We kept it a secret that I was coming home with the rest of my family! It was nice to see how happy she was. I am also very glad that I am home for our family reunion in August. It will be nice to see the whole gang again. And there are benefits to being home! Like my mother’s cooking, or a nice big bed and bonfires with friends. Having a car is definitely a bonus to being home! As fit as I got walking around all the time, I prefer the McDonalds drivethru.
All in all, I am glad to be back. It was time to come home and to plan the next stage of my life. I am hoping to go back to Europe as soon as I can save enough money for a short trip to visit friends I made abroad. I feel like I have grown into a well-rounded adult, with the sense that I can do just about anything that I put my mind too. So here’s to the next chapter of my life.
Cheers! Thanks for reading along everyone.