What happened while you were leaving college

How was your year abroad? How did you like it? How was it? I've been asked these questions so often in the last few weeks that I've been back in Germany. It's not that easy to answer. After all, it wasn't just a vacation or a short trip, but a whole year full of experiences and emotions, part of my life. Overall, I can always say that it was great, but there is so much more to it - good days as well as bad. As in the first half of the year, I have experienced a lot again in the last five months. With the coming summer it got warmer and warmer and we went to the east coast a few times and did a day at the beach. I love the sea! We then mostly spent the day on Assateague Island. Wild horses live on the beach between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. One of the biggest highlights was a trip to Disney World in Florida.It was a great vacation with my host family and a lot of fun. I also had the chance to participate in a very American tradition - graduation! It was amazing to be there. There you get your high school diploma in the cap and gown outfit known from high school films. Apart from these experiences, I now really felt at home. My host family has become like a real family for me. Of course, at the end of the day, I was also happy to go back to Germany to see my family and friends. Still, I knew from the start how much I would miss my time in Maryland.In June I had to say goodbye to my host sister because she was already going home. We have become very good friends in the ten months, so saying goodbye was not easy. A few days later my parents and my brother came to America. You lived with my host family and we did a little road trip. It was really great to show you some places that were a part of my life and also that they got to know my host family. We all had a great time together! Three weeks later it was time for me to go too. I had to say goodbye, but it wasn't a goodbye forever but rather a "See you soon!"One of my biggest worries before the year was language. It turned out that this fear was totally unfounded. I was able to communicate without any problems and in the end it was even easier for me to express myself in English than in German. At the airport in Germany I was greeted by my grandparents and my best friend. It was really nice to see you again. As soon as I arrived, I immediately felt at home again: as if I had never been away. The whole year now feels like a dream to me, as if it never really happened. It's a strange feeling, but I have no regrets about my decision.