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An American in Finland on The Fourth of July (Sarah)
Yhdysvaltalainen Sarah vietti Suomessa Yhdysvaltain itsenäisyyspäivää eri tavalla kuin olisi kotonaan viettänyt. Hän pohtii, että vaihtoaikana koetut muutokset ja haasteet auttavat ihmistä kasvamaan vahvemmaksi ja paremmaksi johtajaksi.
This trip to Finland is my first time out of the United States. So far, I have explored the countryside and visited the capital. I am so excited for what the rest of the trip has to offer but I missed one of the most important days of the year back home, The Fourth of July. It is one of the most celebrated holidays and one of the most fun. There are fireworks, barbeques, family road trips, and my personal favorite, ice cream and popsicles. To be perfectly honest, it felt very weird being away from home on the holiday.
I woke up that morning feeling like something was missing. Before I left, I bought some mini American flags, so I spent my morning putting them around the room.
This morning, I woke up to pictures and videos of fireworks from the night before, but to me, this year’s Fourth of July just felt like another day. Going on an adventure like this program means you are going to need to miss things back home, it is just something you have to get used to. Getting through challenges and changes like this is what being on an exchange means, you learn to jump over hurdles that will end up making you a better and stronger leader and global citizen.
Text and pictures: Sarah Clarke