Today it is a whole year since my first day living in Oslo.
One year ago today I met one of the most important people in my life, a sweet Korean girl named Eunseong. When I first met Eunseong, it was very late in the evening and she was so tired that she rushed right off to bed. I waited and waited the next morning for her to wake up so that I could get to know her - I just knew somehow that we would become friends!
Ever since the day I met her, Eunseong has taken care of me. As some of you know, I went through some really hard times while I was away and Eunseong was always there to comfort me, to make me tea and to talk everything through with me. I'm so thankful that we met, she has taught me so much, not only about love and growing up and relationships, but she's taught me so much about myself. She's one of those special people who bring out the very best in you and I feel so lucky to have met her.
While I was living in Oslo I often wondered if I had made the right decision in studying there. It was hard to mix with the locals so it didn't feel like I was getting any benefit from a language point of view (the reason for the year abroad). I had a sort of break down and was at a very low point in my life. I remember telling someone that I feared looking back on my time abroad and seeing it as one gigantic waste of time, emotion and money. However, now that I have left and am in a position to look back, I see it in a much more positive light. I see Oslo as the town that gave me one of the best friends that I could ever wish for, one that has influenced my life in such a way that I feel like a stronger, happier and more balanced person than I thought possible.
And for that I'm eternally grateful.