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Andrea Zurita
Andrea Zurita
Colombian student Andrea Zurita blogs about life at Chicago's DePaul University, her Finance & Accounting course and living the international student dream.

If you are anything like me, then you’ll agree that one of the hardest things about living abroad is being so far away from your family.

Unlike most of my Chicagoan friends, I can’t just hop on a train and see them every weekend, but that doesn’t mean we need to grow apart. After almost two years of living in Chicago, I still talk to my parents every day and video-chat with them at least once a week; our relationship has never been stronger!

Last week, they came to visit me and finally saw all the places I had so carefully described over the phone.

We didn’t go to the touristic Chicago attractions. Instead, we ran down the subways and elevated trains, walked around DePaul’s Quad, ate at traditional restaurants and moved in between the busy downtown business district and the calm and beautiful Lincoln Park neighbourhood, where DePaul’s two main campuses are located.

My brother even got the chance to join me and the other DePaul Global Ambassadors for a meeting that gave him a taste of what it is like to be part of GAP at DePaul.

Though it was incredibly nice to share quality time with them face-to-face, what I value the most is our communication throughout the rest of the year.

After all, family is about love, support and being there for each other; whether in person or over the phone.

I am a big Paulo Coelho Fan. In his book “The Alchemist”, the Brazilian author explains that “We do not realize that those who genuinely wish us well want us to be happy and are prepared to accompany us on that journey.” I thought of studying abroad as embarking in an unknown journey by myself, and didn’t realize those we love will always be present throughout any journey…