It’s 5am and I’m in my hometown. In the same bed I used to sleep every night for so many years. There are two reasons why I might be awake: one is the jet lag and second it’s my body complaining to me about eating so much (but body, you have to understand how much I missed my parents’ food!). I just realized this one feels like the fastest year I’ve ever lived. A lot of things happened in 2010, and it’s almost over. Those who know me well also know that this year I’ve had many dreams come true. It sounds like a Disney movie script, but it’s the truth. I can’t explain how blessed I feel and how thankful I am for all the opportunities I’ve had.
I started the year 2010 in Barcelona, my homeland. I had a blast during the Christmas holidays, but soon I went back to Tallinn, Estonia, where I was living at that moment. I stayed in Estonia until summer. I had already been there for half a year and I had half more to go. This experience was just perfect. I will never forget the bittersweet feeling I had when I came back to Spain in the middle of June and looked at all the pictures of my Estonian adventure. It was my first time living abroad for more than a summer and it was a very different country from my own. It’s difficult to describe why it was so remarkable, but I’m sure people who have done it already understand what I mean.
After all that, I spent the summer here in Spain. Honestly, I felt like a tourist somehow. I saw it from a different point of view, because I had been away for so long and I was just about to leave again. However, I was so happy that I enjoyed the summer just as I did when I was a child. Those two months went extremely fast because I was very active. I worked a lot, I had great visitors from other sides of the world who I wanted to show around as much as I could, I got my driving license, and the most important, my head was already in NYC. I had so many things to organize: visa, luggage, housing, documents, etc.
Late August brought me to New York City. That was a big thing for me. That was maybe the BIGGEST thing ever happened to me. I had been dreaming about New York since I was very, very young. It took me years to organize everything and I couldn’t even be sure if I could eventually make it. Landing in JFK was just an adrenaline injection. “Here you are!” From that point on, everything has been just perfect. I’m very happy to say that it has been even better than what I expected. I’m not only having a great academic experience, but also a life one.
Many of my friends say I look happier than ever. This is just true. It might be tough some times, but I don’t really care because I just can’t complain about anything. In fact, I am incredibly thankful for everything. First of all, I thank my family for their great support on every single step I’ve done. I’m also very thankful to my girlfriend and to all my friends, old and new, because I always have someone I can count on anywhere I am. I mean it when I say I feel blessed because I have the opportunity to do what I want, where I want and having so much support. I’m very happy.
I wish you all a merry Christmas!