Sunday, October 10, 2010

Missing Abroad

Most normal college kids go through some sort of bout of homesickness when they go off the school. Usually it can be fixed with a nice long phone call with parents, a package filled with homemade cookies, clothes that smell like Mom's detergent, the knowledge that someone else misses you, or some pictures of loved ones. But, being that I have never in my life, been what you would consider normal, this does not apply to me. When I was 15 years-old, I spent a year in Japan, and never once fell to the clutches of Homesickness. At 17 years-of-age, I lived in France and traveled around Europe for a year. I was by myself as an exchange student, while my family and friends stayed home. Never once over the courses of these years, did I ever get homesick, as far-fetched as that may sound. I was having way to much fun! 

The same goes for the past 1 year and 2 months I have spent in South Carolina, as a university student at Clemson University. I do not miss home at all. Why should I, when I love it so much!? However, I did miss some things. I think it has to do with that fact that come December, I am definitely going to be home with my sister, bagels with cream cheese, strange Tri-state accents, and New York City, but I can not be too sure when I will return to France and Japan. In order to combat those occasional pangs of longing, I run out and indulge in fine Sushi, with fancy Japanese names, and of course delicious Nutella smothered over slices of South Carolinian French-bread. Life does not get much better when you truly can have it all!