Organizational Communication & Spanish Major
Fall 2016 Semester in Burgos, Spain
Before I left for Europe, I couldn’t wait to leave the States. With election season, overpriced education and healthcare, police brutality, and several other social issues, I couldn’t be more ready to escape from all of the chaos.
I’ve been in Europe for two and a half months, and I’ve grown to miss a lot of things about the U.S. I have to depend on the bus schedule, so that has made me miss being able to leave when I want since I was able to drive. Also, in every other part of the world, smoking is everywhere. In the U.S. it is a lot easier to breathe cleaner air.
I miss chocolate chip cookies that I can bake in ten minutes. I miss Target, where everything I need is in one place. In Europe, there aren’t really supermarkets, so you have to make several stops to get everything you need.
I am also conditioned to be a prompt and organized American, and here that is not how it works. It is much more “go with the flow” and tranquil. I do miss everything being in order and set in place.
Fall is so much more beautiful in Michigan. Here the trees are not as vibrant, and people here don’t really have fall traditions like we do, like going to the pumpkin patch, apple cider, donuts, and decorating for Halloween. I sure do miss Fall in America.
I have grown grateful that English is my first language, since almost everyone wants to learn it. Since American English is my own language, I thought that it was so boring and uncultured. But after meeting English speakers from around the world, I realized that my English comes from a culture too.
I think the thing I miss the most about America is the diversity. Back home, we are used to people speaking other languages and looking different. But here, if you stand out, people notice and find it strange. That is one thing that I took for granted and have grown to appreciate more, and what I believe makes America what it is.
I never thought that I would miss America, but I suppose you have to have something taken away to truly appreciate it. Every country has its problems, and when you live there you tend to let them get to you. Even though America isn’t perfect, it’s not as terrible as I originally thought. It’s my home, and I’m looking forward to going back.