In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to share a few of the things I’m thankful for right now.

First, I’m thankful that I’m currently adventuring in New Zealand with a good friend. I realize that I’ve gotten to see more of the world than most people on this planet can even dream of, and I feel incredibly lucky. New Zealand is stunning, and I’m so glad I have the opportunity to see it.

I’m also thankful that after I leave New Zealand, I get to return home to my amazing family. I’m thankful that no matter where I go or how long I’m gone, I can count on them to love me and support me and be excited to see me. It’s been a weird few months for me, in a way, because so few things in my life have been permanent or certain, and it’s a wonderful feeling knowing that my family always has my back.

But right now, most of all, I’m thankful for the incredible semester I’ve just had in Perth, WA. I know I didn’t end up blogging very much during the actual semester, but a big reason for that is because my best Australia memories aren’t the type of memories that can really be put into words, and they certainly can’t be put into a blog post.

It’s easy to blog in New Zealand because I’m seeing things and doing things, and it’s the seeing and doing that’s making my time here special and memorable. But even though I saw and did some incredible things while I was in Australia, what made my semester so great was all the random little moments. The moments that were funnier than they should’ve been. The moments that meant more to everyone there than they would to someone else. The moments when I was so happy being exactly where I was, wherever I may have been, simply because of the people I was with.

Life is made up of these little moments, and I’m thankful for all of them, but right now I’m especially thankful that I got to have so many of these moments in such a short period of time while I was abroad. And I’m even more thankful for the bonds that are formed when a group of people share hundreds of these moments, and I’m thankful that I now share those bonds with amazing people from all over the world.

To my Murdoch friends: you are some of the funniest, friendliest, kindest, most fun, and just generally most fantastic people I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting, and I appreciate every one of you so much. You made my semester incredible, and I miss you all already. Wherever you may end up in life, always remember that there’s a girl from America named Alyssa who loves you heaps 😉



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