It was the last day of chat room yesterday. We had a farewell ceremony to say goodbye to the chat leaders who will be leaving at the end of this semester. We were given a very nice card that everyone signed with kind messages. We also recieved our name tags that had been used in chat room throughout the year, proof of employment slips in both English and Japanese, and an Aoyama Gakuin pamphlet.
I don't think it really sunk in that I'd be leaving until this ceremony. I have really only ever been excited to return to America. The weather right now is unbearably hot and humid. We're gearing up to finals and tests in class, so school hasn't really been much fun. The commute on the train is as miserable as ever. The promise of vacation and seeing everyone back home was terribly inviting, and I couldn't wait to get out of Japan. However, I've recently begun to realize that I may not see many of the friends I've made here again for years, if ever. As much as I miss American food, (please give me reasonably-priced cheese!) I really will miss a lot of Japanese foods that you really cannot find anywhere but in this country (I'm sad octopus, wasabi, and mayo-filled rice balls may never catch on in the states).
I still have a couple of weeks left in school, so it's not like this is really the end. I still will work hard to make this last month in Japan count. There are still people I want to spend more time with, places I want to go, and things I want to eat. Because school here goes so late in the summer, (it's halfway through July already!) I won't have a very long summer vacation to spend time with my family or friends back home, so I need to try to have as much fun as I can here (without neglecting my studies). This isn't goodbye.