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Final assignment: Take away

Written on: Friday August 28th, 2009

A journal entry from: El Salvador, San Salvador

I think that I've changed a lot in these past three months. I've been struggling to explain this to my friends and family back home, but I've found that it has been very difficult for them to understand how I feel. Perhaps I just need to find a more clear and coherent way to express myself.

I think that personal growth is at the top of my list of things that I will take away from this experience. I never thought that I could do something like this. I mean, it was really difficult for me to leave my parents, my friends, my job, my city... basically all of the things that I feel stabilize me. Getting out of my comfort zone was really risky, but I have found that I've learned so much about myself as a result. In retrospect, I feel that I had made this whole thing out to be much more difficult than it turned out to be, but of course it's easier to say this after having gone through the experience haha. It's amazing how easily I've been able to adapt to an environment that was so different from the one that I had been accustomed to. From learning to speak a new language to moving into a house with two of my friends, I'm really proud of myself for everything that I've accomplished. These are things that have become a part of who I am today and I can only hope to keep growing and learning and changing as I have been in these past few months. Gracias a El Salvador!

 (The Torogoz is El Salvador's National Bird)