My Best Friend Across The Globe

My best friend lives in Bratislava, Slovakia. I don’t know when the next time I will see her will be. I visited her in the summer of 2014 and when we hugged at the airport as I left, we both were crying because we had no future with each other set in stone. Even though we text nearly everyday and skype once a month, I miss having her physical presence laughing next to me.
Studying abroad is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It helps you grow as a person and helps shape you into a bigger, more diverse person. However, with the greatness of studying abroad comes the heartbreak that you feel when you must separate yourself from the people you love. My best friend, Lubi, was a foreign exchange student who lived with my family during my junior year of high school. I begged my parents to host an exchange student and it was the greatest decision they ever made. But it’s a very strange feeling to feel someone become your greatest friend and simultaneously see a departure date circled on your calendar.
I don’t want this to discourage anyone from studying abroad because the good times, far outweigh the pain that comes in leaving. Having a network of friends across the globe gives you opportunities to travel and see and do things that people who have never ventured out of the United States will get to do.
Even though I miss my friend dearly, nothing can compare to what it feels like when we are finally reunited. It is a feeling of completeness that I can’t get anywhere else. So, even though the things you learn from studying abroad will change your life, the people become your life, and that is something I would never give up, even for the world.

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