Thai And Stop Me: Countless shared memories and laughs

By Cassidy in Thailand
A lot has happened in the past few weeks here in Phitsanulok! As things are winding down and the main part of our Exchange here is finished, everyone is preparing to (you guessed it) go home! This is bittersweet in a lot of ways. However, at the start of this month, I told myself that things wouldn't be the same as they were for the beginning and middle of my exchange. It's different now, because we no longer feel as though we have all the time in the world. In fact, we've already started saying goodbyes.
The first goodbye I had to say was to my very good friend, Eduardo, who is from Brazil. He is one of the kindest and most genuine people I've ever met. Just a little while ago, we had a goodbye party for all of the Exchange students, to say goodbye to those who were leaving soon. This was the last time we Exchange students were all together. It was an incredible night, and I was lucky to get to also see my friends Tuter and Team (future Exchange students for next year), but it was also sad knowing that this group of people would be broken up. I spent the next day with Eduardo and some friends, making quality memories. The next morning, I went over to the airport in Phitsanulok, and I had to say goodbye to one of my friends, knowing I may never see him again.
Saying goodbye isn't an easy thing to do. And, being honest, I'm pretty terrible at it. I hate goodbyes because it feels permanent; the last memory of a person being that moment. So, after saying goodbye, I didn't feel great. I wished we had more time, went out more, did more of everything. But, the fact is, you will never feel like you've had enough of anything when it's time to say goodbye to it. Exchange has truly taught me that.
Besides, when I remember my friends and family, I'm not going to remember the moment I said goodbye to them. I will remember the countless memories and laughs we shared together.

Cassidy is an Eastern States Exchange Student sponsored by the Rotary Club of UxbridgeTo visit their website, click here. 

To learn more on ESSEX, click here.