Hi! I'm Sally. I'm a senior at Amherst College. Last spring, I studied abroad at AIT, a computer science program in Budapest, Hungary. This semester, I’m fortunate enough to come back to this city as a student of BSM, a small mathematics program.
With this blog, I hope to document my personal growth, as I know my identity will be continuously shaped and defined by these future experiences.
I hope other students will find some moment in my stories, no matter how small, they can relate their own experiences to, from home or abroad (or both!).
- It’s about halfway into the semester, and I’m here finally trying to reflect on what impact the time away has had on me. It’s funny, because even though I know sitting down and committing to reflection is good for understanding myself, I rarely do it. Dissecting experiences and categorizing the bits and pieces into different aspects of one’s identity is a daunting task, and with study abroad, where one’s identity is put into question on a regular basis, it seems …Continue Reading »
- Apologies for the late update! In East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a town with a population of ~16,000, you need a car to get anywhere, community events are huge ordeals, and nightlife isn’t really a thing. Growing up, I certainly didn’t have a problem with this; I wasn’t itching to throw myself out into the world, accustomed to the stability of suburbia. It wasn’t until the end of high school that I decided to take a huge step out of my comfort …Continue Reading »
- Homesickness didn’t immediately hit me in either semester. Each time, it started as an almost non-existent feeling, hidden by the wonder of study abroad, and slowly it grew into an urgency to be back home close to my family, warm in my bed. Right now, as I try to picture the life I am returning to, even Amherst, with its stresses upon stresses, a wistful image, though after I leave, I know I will have a similar longing for Hungary …Continue Reading »