Home Is Where The Heart Is

By Josh Vander Zwaag on November 26, 2017

Time has flown by literally; today marks just eighteen days until I am home. It is so crazy how much I have done and what I have seen. As I reflect on the past couple months I think back to the first full week we were in Romania. An unfamiliar environment, new people, a new language, new food, and a new chapter began in my life. To be completely honest I had no idea what to expect being here; the reason I initially came here was to full-fill my language requirements and to live outside of Orange City. I had in my mind that I need to push through this experience and get home but what I now realize is that even though Romania is not my home, I will be leaving a piece of my heart here in Romania. I have invested so much time and energy in tones of different experiences. Though I realize that it is time to go home and I want to go home I will truly miss this place because throughout the semester I decided to invest everything I had into this experience and it has paid off. 

The other day I was asked what will be the top five things that I will miss about Romania and my first response was the relationships that I have made. I will miss my host family, the professors, and all my new friends that I have made here. As I realize this will be the last time I will be blogging about my experience here in Romania, I want to say to the people reading my post that no matter where you are, no matter who you are with, make the most of every situation! Do not go through the motions, invest every ounce of effort that you can give and keep moving forward because I guarantee you that no matter where you are in the world you will have the opportunity to learn something new. God will show you the way; I found a new path and a better understanding of life here in Romania and I will always keep the experiences that I have had in my heart. I am leaving a piece of my heart in this beautiful place but that piece that I gave was reimbursed one-hundred times by my experience in Romania.