My heart tells me to come home
My mind tells me to come home
My soul tells me to come home
Home has been waiting you for quite a while
That you have achieved your dream
And it is now over that you need to take a long rest
Let’s go home
It’s August 29 and time to go home. I thought I just landed in Narita International Airport yesterday. And now I am on the way heading back to my home state.
My journey in Japan was arguably long enough although it was only a semester, in which some might say that one semester is too short. I couldn’t imagine what would happen if I were to stay here for another semester. Perhaps, that would be great if it happened and I could write more stories in my head.
I am inspired and grateful that I was able to experience Japan from my own eyes and touch. Still, I couldn’t believe that I actually stayed in Tokyo, one of my favorites cities in the world, for Spring semester. I studied the language, history, politics, Shintoism, philosophy, and of course, culture. I had a chance to travel the other major cities and countryside. I achieved the unexpected, like hiking Mt. Fuji and visiting Fukushima Prefecture. I have to admit that I have a blast. I certainly did not regret every single day of my journey in Japan. And it’s time to go home. I felt super emotional but had to accept the decision I made with the program: to stay in Japan only for one semester although they offered me more.
My journey might end here. But my memory lives forever.
I still can’t imagine that I made it to Japan up until now. I am a big fan of Japan since my first visit in 2008 – under JENESYS Programme (student exchange program) – and would love to come back for an adventure. I thought it was simply a dream that I didn’t realize I could make it happen with all of the supports and resources available. I kept saying to myself: “I can’t do it because I will need to have a fortune and all kinds of support to travel, especially Japan. I’m broke.” But I was wrong. I was wrong the fact that I underestimated myself. It’s a life lesson for me that a dream can be achieved through hard work, passion, and dedication. Once a dream is achieved, you live it. Time will tell.
So, from the deepest of my heart, I want to thank Gilman Scholarship, SFSU Study Abroad Program, and everyone who supports me in pursuing study abroad program and create all possibilities to achieve my dream. I couldn’t ask for more. Without you, I have no idea what I would do on Spring semester of 2016.
It feels good to be home.