What are you supposed to say to that exactly? Whether it was a fantastic year or the worst experience of your life, it’s hard to know how to explain it all in 30 seconds or less (probably the average American attention span). You don’t want to avoid the question, but you still feel the need to somehow answer honestly and accurately (although by now you might have just given in and are telling everyone it was “great” whether it was or not.) One student missionary I know summarized her year in one word: unforgettable. Genius. It could have been awesome or terrible, but it was definitely unforgettable. While that’s obviously my favorite one-word answer so far, here are some other ideas:
Other ideas? Feel free to share.