Stateside: Reflections in International InterMission

I have been in touch with my host sister. It’s a little hard because of time difference but I have indeed talked to her and my classroom friends a lot. The hardest things about coming back, I think, is everything for me. I miss my family in Japan and the food. I miss their way of living and the manners, too. I miss the community and the way they were so welcoming to us. I felt very important and special there which is one of the things I miss the most. Feeling special. I have taken some of their manners routines like the bowing – I can’t really stop bowing. I also learned to listen more and be more open to differences. When thinking about the IIM experience, the words are all positive – amazing, fun, great, impressive and all the possible positive words that exist come to my mind.

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