Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Returning to the Known


“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
- T.S. Eliot

It's a strange feeling returning to ordinary university life after eight months away. Everything is the same yet different; I'm living on campus again on the same side of campus but in a single dorm with new suitemates, my friend group has remained the same but each person has changed in their own ways, and my classes have familiar subject material but are more challenging. Though I've seamlessly slipped back into campus life, I feel like I have irreversibly changed. Not that I have really changed - in the words of a good friend, "you still wear black and your hair's always in a bun so you're still the same Kate" - but I feel as though I've grown more into myself, if that makes any sense. Living on my own in a foreign country, far out of my comfort zone, constantly experiencing new, unexpected things - both good and bad - made me realise my boundaries and what I must learn to adapt to. My time spent back in the States has not so much been "where do I fit now" but rather a re-exploration of what I already know. I can say it no better than T.S. Eliot; I am knowing my home, my starting point for the first time, and I cannot wait to see what the new semester brings.


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