Reflection by Hailey Sorrell

My program in Trujillo was so fulfilling and a one-of-a-kind experience. It now feels like it flew by. Before I jetted off, I was so worried about a month being a long time, but while I was there and since returning to Charleston, it feels like it all happened in a blink of an eye. I had so many amazing experiences. I chose this program to help further along my Spanish language skills, and I highly recommend programs that you are staying with a host family. That way, you are very immersed into the language you are aiming to learn and the culture of wherever you are. Since returning, I have been trying to reflect on my experience and viewing the 4,127 pictures I took, but seeing those on my phone do not reflect the reality I remember being in. I recommend journaling while you are there. I was planning on doing that in the beginning, but I never got around to it thinking that I would remember everything single thing that happened and believing the pictures would do everything justice…I was wrong. Because it was only about a month-long program, it was very hectic 24/7. I wish that I would have written down what my experiences were and everything I found interesting while I was there, so I would have been able to go back and relive it more through my words. I know that not everyone is “into” journaling, but I really do think that it is the best way to hold onto the memories of whichever program. If writing is not for you, then I suggest any form of documentation that includes captions or your own words of things that were going on around you. Lastly, reflecting my experience has been helpful to grasp my experiences and think about what I would change when I travel abroad again in the future.

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