It's hard for me to imagine that just four months ago I was packing for a semester that would end up being one of the best chapters of my life. I didn't know what to expect coming to Grenoble. I honestly didn't know a lot about the city and came in with an open mind. The past four months ended up being one of the biggest rollercoaster rides I've ever been on, from traveling and meet great people to making mistakes that you can only learn from. A lot of time was spent learning, not just in school, but mostly about another culture and adjusting to a new culture and new people. I look back and realize that I think I have progressed as a person more in the past semester than I had in a year at college. Study abroad pushed me harder mentally and socially, and although at times it would be exhausting, I couldn't be happier for that push forward.
The hardest part in the end was saying goodbye to a city that become home, a host-family that became my second family, and friends with whom I shared experiences that can be found only on the other side of the world. I left sad, wondering where time went and not wanting to leave, but also thankful for the experience and thankful for the people who helped make this past semester one I will never forget.