As I was writing my thesis, I stopped and took a deep breath. I realized that I am now entering a new chapter of my life. I have no idea where this next one will lead me, but I am pretty sure it’s going to be just as amazing as this last one. I know for sure that it doesn’t matter where I go next; I know that it’s all about the people and the environment I will create for myself.
For a long time, I regretted coming to the United States. I didn’t feel like New York was for me, or that I fitted in. People kept asking me questions about my career, who I wanted to be or what I wanted to achieve. These people stressed me out, and I felt misplaced. I’ve always wanted to be a person who just “goes with it.” Lately, I have to admit that I am very grateful for the last two-and-a-half years. Never have I experienced so much, learned so much about myself, and found friends that will definitely last a lifetime.
Many Americans have asked me why I would ever choose to come to America to study when education in Norway is free. The answer is that no amount of money could make up for the experiences and values you get from studying abroad.
Even though I have another semester left after this, it feels like it is ending now. Most of the friends I made when I first arrived at LIU Post are leaving, and it will definitely not be the same without them.
Sometimes I forget how incredibly lucky I am to be studying here, all the while still being able to afford an extra beer or two. So cheers, and thanks to all who made this chapter come true for me!