It has been two months since I returned to Illinois. In one moment, it seems like I just stepped off the plane and in the next it seems like a life time ago.
As I've already written, I'm back at North Central. My position is Area Hall Director for Patterson and Ward Halls. I supervise a staff of ten resident assistants and a two buildings of roughly 250 students. I've also started to volunteer assistant coach with the women's basketball team.
Life sure has gone from 0 to 60 mph in such a short period of time. There isn't a day that goes by that I haven't thought about Ukraine in some way. I miss my walk to school. I miss standing across from Soviet style apartment buildings in Lutsk waiting for the bus knowing I was living thousands of miles from home. I miss the random PCV get togethers with people who will be life long friends. I miss the crazy of my 5th form class that would have been 7th form this year. I miss my UNO club girls. I miss eating beets all the time. I miss butchering Ukrainian and being able to laugh about it.
At this point, it is hard for me to string together words to give my experience meaning and an explanation of how it changed me. Something that I am sure of is that I feel honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
I promise more at a later date. I hope all my fellow Ukrainian PCVs know I think of them all the time. Hope your service wraps up great as you will be home in less than a month.
The tall American girl formerly known as Katya