After 36 long hours of traveling home with only a couple hours of sleep, I finally arrived back in Missouri. As much as I did not want to leave South America, once it was time to do so I was ready to be home. It was great getting to see my family again after 4 months, sleep in my own bed, and eat Panera, which we stopped to get on the way home from the airport. It’s weird being back in the United States and being able to do things that I could not before, such as throw toilet paper in the toilet rather than a trash can and speak English. I think that it’s going to take a while to break these habits, however, as I still look around for the trash can and greet people in Spanish. As cliché as it sounds, my semester in Peru really was life-changing. My next semester back in KC will not be nearly as exciting, but my experiences abroad have helped me learn and gain new perspectives and I am interested to see how those guide me to make changes in my life back here in the US.
Mikayla Seabaugh is a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Biology and Spanish. Mikayla is spending the semester abroad with the ISA Language, Literature, and Culture program in Cusco, Peru.
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