Back Home Again in the US

After eight weeks in Santiago, I am finally back home. It has only been a couple days since I came back and I haven’t fully adjusted to my more relaxed time at home. It was weird waking up this morning after the Sun came up and it being really warm outside. I wish I had a better transition (spring) into the hot weather than being thrown into summer after it SNOWED in Santiago on Saturday.

Anyway, these past eight weeks have been great and I have learned a lot about myself and Santiago while away. I will definitely take the skills that I learned from my internship and apply them to future internships and jobs. I’m extremely satisfied because my internship in Chile at Asexma solidified that I want to work with social media in the future.

In addition to my internship, my Chilean family was the best part of my experience abroad. Most people will say their host families are the best but mine will always win. I miss my family so much already. They opened their home to me and I felt like I was a part of their family. I will remember the times we spent together forever. Thank goodness for technology because we can still keep in touch even when we are more than 4,000 miles away.

It has only been a few days, but I am experiencing some form of culture shock or something. I think because my routine drastically changed, I’m being affected more by that than the ways and customs of America. It’s a little overwhelming being able to understand everyone who is talking and not having to translate in your head to English and then formulate your response in Spanish. I have found myself thinking in Spanish and English and every so often a phrase will just come out in Spanish. For example, my mom and I were driving and the light was green and no one was moving so I yelled, “¡Hay un luz verde!” or, “There is a green light!” This will probably end up being a very common experience.

Although it has only been a few days since being home, I know my experience has impacted me in ways I can’t articulate right now. I look forward to coming back to Bloomington in order to see how my experience affected me as a student!

Thanks for reading! 

Read other We Are IU Blogs about my experience here:

Thoughts Before Studying Abroad: Santiago, Chile

First impressions of Santiago, Chile

Oh, We're Halfway There! Frazzled Confidence in Santiago, Chile

About The Author
Molly CunninghamJournalism and Spanish major, class of 2019, Director of Mental Health for Culture of Care

Hello! My name is Molly Cunningham and I am a current sophomore studying journalism (Public Relations) and Spanish. I am involved with Culture of Care and Arbutus (yearbook) and have been involved with both organizations since last year. I came to IU in order to have a Big 10 experience and in order to take advantage of all the opportunities this school and this community has to offer. There are so many things to highlight about IU and I want to be able to inspire the next generations of Hoosiers. We Are IU helped me when I was deciding on IU and I want help more current and potential Hoosiers. At IU, we strive to create a culture of care and I want to be able to encourage more people to come here and have the best experience they can have.