When I first moved to Russia, I started a blog to keep track of my many experiences. However, as I’m back in school and about to graduate, I wanted a more professional expression of who I am and what I do. That led to me transitioning from Wix to WordPress. I still want any site visitors to read my past blog posts, so I’m attaching the link to my old blog, along with a run down of my final thoughts from Russia.
December 17th, 2017
When I first came to Russia, I didn’t know a single person. I had only taken two years of Russian language, and even then, it was shaky. I had never left the country before and had just gotten my first passport. It was also my last year of college. As much as I tried not to show it, I was nervous and even a little scared.
Despite the reservations I pushed through because life has shown me that taking risks is always worth it. And I’m glad I did. One of my main goals as a student has been to be open to new perspectives – I’ve found that this makes my knowledge of things but more well-rounded. What you see on the TV about Russia is not what you get. Yes, some stereotypes are true.. but some are not. I definitely hit a point during the semester where I was very homesick. Russia isn’t a typical place to study at, and the living standards are much lower than American ones. But after a while, I began to appreciate it. And now as I prepare to permanently leave Russia, I’m scared. Scared that I won’t come back again. I feel like the Russian way of life has become very integral to who I am as a person.
I’m just so very thankful for the experience. At the end of the day, I came to Russia for the new perspective and I left with a lot. I’m grateful for living a life where I’m able to be able to do these kind of things. It really opened my eyes and heart to new experiences that I hope to have. I don’t cry at a lot of things, if it all, but leaving Russia has definitely brought some tears to my eyes. I just didn’t think I would love a place and its people so much. Thank you thank you thank you Russia for being the best thing to happen to me. Я люблю тебя, Россий. ❤️
Here’s the link to my old blog if you want to read more 👉🏻: https://dd274613.wixsite.com/delaneydixon