One of the first words I learned in Denmark was tak, which means thank you. In Danish, they really emphasize saying thank you and they do this by there being so many ways to say thanks: mange tak, tusind tak, etc. Reflecting on my study abroad experience, I have realized how thankful I am for all it has provided me with:
Thank you to my host family:
You really made leaving Denmark one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. There are endless times that I have no clue where I’d be without you guys, from saving me after my phone got stolen or breaking out into Mamma Mia songs at the dinner table. Thank you for showing me endless love and what it’s really like to be a Dane, I understand from the five of you why Denmark is the happiest country in the world.
Thank you to my parents:
There are no words for the people provide you with the opportunity of a lifetime, there’s much more than the financial and emotional support that comes with sending your daughter abroad. My parents taught me everything I needed to survive in a different country on my own, independence, courage, a sense of adventure, optimism, love and more. Thank you for giving me the world.
Thank you to all the patients that let us learn from them:
I have gained a newfound love for medicine and it’s because of the patients that let us ask millions of questions and practice our minimal knowledge of physical exams on them. Having patients put trust in you and believe in your learning creates a great sense of confidence for the future of our medical careers, and for that I am thankful.
Thank you to my friends I met abroad:
You all have provided me with roots in Denmark and our respective schools, thank you for adding some humor to my life whether it was traveling the world together or simply eating in a cafe.
Thank you to my Bucknell friends:
Whether it was letting me sleep on your floor, showing me around your home for the semester, facetiming me on my boring train rides or simply staying in touch, thank you. It has been crazy to know that the people I’ve spent the last two years surrounded by are on every corner of the world. It has been amazing to watch each of us grow and learn to live in the place we are and the distance between us makes going into senior year a little sweeter knowing I’ll be back with you all.
Thank you to my history teachers and the NYS history requirements
I hated (and still kinda do) learning about history, I thought it was boring and unimportant to my life. But after visiting so many incredible places with such great history, it has reengaged my interest in world history. Traveling to Germany, I went to the spot of the Berlin Wall, Hitlers bunker, palaces and more. In Greece, walking up to the Acropolis was like walking out of my 6th grade textbook and realizing the realities of the ancient world. All the history in that city is so vital to the world we live in today, and I am so grateful to have been able to experience it and understand it.
Thank you to everyone who read my blog:
I never thought my blog would be what it is today, I started it as a way to keep in touch with my friends and family, and in turn was selected as my programs representative blogger. I am always honored to see where my blog has reached, around the world and back again and I am continually shocked by the countries that roll up on the list and the comments I get. Thank you for taking a look into my life, I am so glad I got to share the last four months with you all.
This semester has provided me with plenty of reasons to say tak, and I am beyond grateful for each and every opportunity that I’ve had and will cherish it for the rest of my life.