On the Flight Home

In England by Eller Student

I’m writing this as I fly home back to Tucson, Arizona. As I looked down on the city I called home for the last 10 weeks, I was deeply saddened that I am now leaving London. I know it sounds cliché, like a Disney movie or Lifetime movie, but I had the best summer of my life and I am so sad to leave this amazing city. I look back and I have done so much with the time I had. I have no regrets and only a thirst to come back in the near future. I went to Wimbledon, the Jubilee and the Olympics! Also, I got a chance to travel to France, Italy and Ireland by train, car, tube, plane and even horseback. My internship and classes have really opened my eyes to what the world has to offer and what I want to do with my life. I’m now more motivated than ever to get all my schoolwork accomplished so I can get my CPA, my masters and hopefully my dream career. I’ve learned not only the vast differences about the business culture abroad, but also the striking similarities as well. I had no idea what to expect, but after working with and observing from afar the foreign business practice, I realize that Americans have a lot to learn. As I embark on my future I will definitely take some of the lessons I have learned with me. The biggest one is to enjoy your work, but also remember that you should work to live, not live to work. I want a career soon, but I don’t want to become an overworked robot in the future. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine where you are a workhorse that never takes breaks or stops to take a deep breath. I have learned that you can get to where you want by still having fun, doing the things you love on the side and just taking a much needed break sometimes. This is somewhat of weird summary of my trip, but for me these seemingly simple revelations have truly hit me. I’ve learned to really appreciate what I have and what I can easily lose… and I can’t wait to start embarking further into my career in the fall. So as I look down at London, I tell myself that I will be back. And when I’m back, I can remember the summer that changed me so much and transformed me into an adult. Till then, I will miss you London.