My year abroad has ended! It’s just so hard to believe and I am so lucky to have had the experience! I want to thank everyone for helping me accomplish my goals, I couldn’t have done it without all of the support. Special thanks goes to Juniata College, the Gilman Scholarship Foundation, my family and friends, and of course, you, the reader. It has been an AMAZING journey, thanks!
I will be home for a month and then I am off to Virginia for an internship with a Smithsonian Research Center. I will have a blog there as well you can check that out at SummerWithTheSmithsonian.wordpress.com.
Before I close out this blog I want to leave everyone with these great words of wisdom by Henry Rollins:
I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and got to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tome Friedman writes about I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people come back and go, “ohhhhh.” And the light bulb goes on.
Thanks for all the memories!