Dean Kaitson, June 28th, 2018
The last week in Finland was an emotional rollercoaster where the fun finally outweighed the schoolwork. We had a pretty heavy load of schoolwork, consisting of a long paper and a class presentation, but the last day of school ended with a nice hoorah when all of the Hanken faculty we have interacted with throughout the trip hosted a farewell lunch for us. That was when it finally kicked in that this trip was coming to an end. However, we still had our upcoming trip to Prague, and the excitement from that masked the sadness from the realization that we are all going home soon.
Two days in Prague was nowhere near enough time to experience the whole city. Prague was, hands down, the most beautiful city I have ever been to. We only got to see the main tourist attractions while we were there, but the entire city was one giant tourist attraction. Every building in Lesser Town and Old Town looked like it had been there for centuries. The landmark that stood out the most, however, was the Charles Bridge. Named after King Charles IV, this bridge is an architectural wonder. The fact that this bridge was completed sometime during the 1400s and still stands today is enough to keep me wondering for hours. I most definitely plan on returning to Prague in the future for a longer period because it is one of those cities where it is just a wonderful place to get lost and wander.
Coming home from Prague was when the sadness really kicked in. Our flight got in around 23:00, and we were getting picked up to go home the next day at 05:00, so instead of deciding to lay in bed and mope around in our sadness, a group of us decided to stay up all night and talk about the good times we had. Thankfully, the discussion stayed interesting and comical instead of nostalgic. Reality never really settled in until I got home and realized that I cannot just message my new friends to meet in the lobby and hang out anymore.
After being home for a few days, I have realized how much this study abroad has impacted my life. I have had some unforgettable experiences with some new lifelong friends. I highly recommend doing a study abroad to all college students. In addition, I recommend doing the trip with nobody you know. In life, it is important to get out of your comfort zone and learn how to adapt, but on a study abroad, not knowing anyone just makes it easier to make some of the best friends you will have in college. I hope to stay friends with my group members for years to come, and I hope that anyone thinking about going on the Nordic Business Study Abroad reads this and realizes how amazing of an opportunity this is.
For the final time,
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