But Wait, There's More!

But Wait, There's More!

Last week, I wrote what I thought was going to be my final blog post. I had just finished my internship and submitted my final portfolio, capstone, and final essay for Scandalous Washington. I thought I was done. But last night while saying goodbye to my friends, I realized that was really the end of the semester. As I sit here in the airport, waiting to board my plane, I realize the people I met here are truly going to be my lifelong friends. I also realize how much I despise traveling, especially when they limit you to 50 lbs. per suitcase. I currently have a hairdryer in my purse and 2 sweaters and jeans in my backpack as well as a t-shirt in my pocket, but I think I'm getting off track here.


Working at a summer camp last year, I made friends from around the world that I still keep in touch with. Now, I have even more friends from around the world through TWC. Having the opportunity to meet so many people from so many different countries is something I'm extremely thankful for. About a year ago, I remember having a conversation with my mom and saying that I had no desire to travel the world, that I was perfectly happy with the U.S.A. (clearly the travel bug had not bit me yet). But now, after gaining so many new relationships and so many new global perspectives, I realize there is so much more out there left for me to discover. Because of the experiences I have had here,  I now have couches to crash on all over the world.


After I submitted what I thought was going to be my last post, I realized I didn't feel content with my post. I don't think I truly emphasized my change as a person due to TWC. Yes, I have grown up and matured. But it is so much more than that. I have a passion that I didn't have before. Yes, I wanted to do well in school and have a successful career (I mean, isn't that what everyone wants?). But I now have so much more confidence in myself. I know that I can accomplish whatever I need to do to reach my goals.


I've never been very good at articulating and conveying what I'm thinking. As my favorite author once said, "My thoughts are stars which I cannot fathom into constellations." But, through this blog, I have gotten better at expressing myself. I recommend that everyone blog at least once in their life. I can now look back upon these posts and remember not only all the amazing memories, but also the potential impact I had on prospective students.


I know this post is all over the place, but I feel like that sums up my time here. I went everywhere and did everything. Some things were planned, some were spontaneous. Now, I know I didn't change the world this semester. I didn't do anything worth anyone remembering. Nobody will write about me in history books. But, I definitely impacted my life in a positive way, and I hope I impacted others as well. I truly believe conviction and passion are some of the most important things you can have in life.


There, I feel better now. I think that's more accurate. I now leave you with this: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened" (Claire, that's for you. Plz stop crying)

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