At Orlando International Airport [on August 11], I was greeted by my two sisters who came to pick me up. I didn’t realize just how much I missed my family until I was giving them the biggest bear hug right in the middle of baggage claim.

My two sisters welcoming me back at the airport 

Since being back, I have gotten to spend all of my time with family. With some things going on, I haven’t really had the opportunity to go out and see my friends just yet, so I would call this week quarantine part 2 – family edition. I really enjoyed catching up with them (even though we messaged each other and FaceTimed every week while I was away). Mr. Moser’s communications workshop has really come in handy as I’ve had to constantly present about my experiences in Korea. When my cousins came over they were particularly interested, I showed them our blog posts, pictures, and videos for hours. 

I was surprised at how quickly I returned to life as normal when I got back to America. It’s been nice to understand all the conversations around me, and to go to places without getting lost. Everything feels a lot easier than it used to. For example, grocery shopping. Being able to read every item and know generally where things are in a store was something I took for granted. 

With little time left before school starts for the fall semester, I have also been reflecting on changes I want to make in my school life routine. For one, after walking to most places on campus at SNU, I plan on being a lot more active and choosing to walk more on campus at UF rather than taking the bus. Working in lab this summer emphasized the importance of being organized and getting things done in a timely manner, so I hope to continue that discipline when it comes to classes. And of course, FOOD! It’s only been a week and I’m already craving Korean food. When I get back to Gainesville I plan on going straight to 대한 마트 (Daehan Mart) to find some.