Hey everyone! I got back to New Mexico a few weeks ago and I am definitely feeling reverse culture shock. The main way in which I really noticed the reverse culture shock was when I had to catch my connecting flight in Los Angeles to New Mexico, I kept doing a bow to airport officials like I would do in Tokyo. Also I have noticed when ever I bump into someone I apologize in Japanese. Definitely going to take time to re-adjust haha. I forgot how convenient driving is but I really do miss the public transportation system that Japan had. Other than culture shock the flight back was also a lot easier to handle this time and I was actually able to sleep on the plane.
Japan was definitely the best experience of my life and something I will always cherish. I was able to make friends from all over the world and have experiences you can’t get anywhere else. If you are thinking of studying abroad do it. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, in the words of Shia LaBeouf, “Don’t let your dreams just be dreams!” Not only the connections you make with people or the experiences you have will be amazing the secondary language skills you acquire along with an understanding of a different culture, allows you to have a deeper appreciation for not only your own culture but the world as a whole. In addition, being able to study abroad has not only allowed me to see a different part of the world, but has also made my desire to travel to other parts of the world even stronger. I want to thank UNM for allowing me to be able to have experienced these things I have mentioned. In addition, living in Japan was always a dream of mine and thanks to UNM’s study abroad program, I was able to live that dream. I know consider Japan a second home. Also, thank you all for taking time out of your days to read my blogs as well as checking out my Instagram. And as always, thank you for taking time out of your day to read this blog and have a wonderful rest of your day. And remember to follow @unmstudyabroad on Instagram and Facebook.