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Dear grandpa, It’s weird that I’ve never written to you, but immediately thought of you when I came across this ‘letter-to-a-loved-one’ challenge. I can almost see what you’re doing now: taking a nap after lunch.
It was back in 2011 when I left my home sweet home for the first time ever in my life. The drive and dream of studying abroad in a foreign country made me so determined, that I accepted the fact that I would be living away from my home.
While it is true that I have been abroad for over a year as an international student, it does not mean that I do not get homesick. As a matter of fact, I believe this is a feeling that gets even stronger as you stay longer.
To talk about homesickness, I might as well start with something from HOME: an extract from a poem written almost a thousand years ago in my mother tongue by my all-time favourite poet, Su Shi, which roughly translates to “where my heart settles down is my home”.
It is tough to stay away from family and friends, while in a different county and in a different community. It is even more difficult for those who are experiencing this loneliness for the first time in their life.
Motivation for a venture can come from different sources. Everything that surrounds us is full of messages. A positive experience of a friend, a recognition from employers, an advice from your professors are some of the main incentives.