Today, as I looked down at my phone, my heart almost stopped when I realized it is already May 5th. To say that time flew by is an understatement. Where did the time go?! My life here in D.C. has been amazing thus far, and I owe it all to the people that I have experienced this amazing city with. Everyone who I have come into contact with has shaped this experience for the better, and as we start our countdown, let’s be sure to make these next few days ones that we will remember for a long time to come!


Over the past week I have said goodbye to many people and have claimed many times "this is not goodbye, this is see you later!" But I leave you all not really knowing when I'll see you next. Maybe one day I'll see some of your names in the newspapers as you run for elected office in your home country, or on the Internet for having created the next "big thing." No matter what you do in life, just know I'll be thinking of you, and silently cheering you on in whatever you choose to do. I never want to see that you've lost any of your passion and drive and, with that, here is my open letter to everyone here at TWC:





Dear Friends,


The time has come to say goodbye, and as I think of all of you, I am sure that your futures will be bright and full of happiness. The time that we have spent together has been something that I will cherish for many years to come. I am sure that none of us can honestly say that we are the same person that we were when we  began this journey together four months ago. We have laughed and cried together, but most of all we have partied together. During this time, when we are far away from family and familiar surroundings, I can honestly say that my "family" for these past months has been all of you.


I remember thinking it would be hard to say goodbye, and I was right. It is hard, yet I consider myself fortunate to have met such special people, people that I care so much for. As we say goodbye, we remind ourselves that farewells are not forever, nor are they the end; they are simply words to say I will miss you dearly and will remember you fondly. Although we may have long distances between us, and our schedules will get more and more hectic, nothing will diminish the important role that we have played in each other’s lives.


It takes a special individual to pick up and travel to a different country, not knowing the language and customs. It’s this sense of adventure that you all have, that I hope stays with you for your entire lives. These experiences that we have shared will surely shape our futures. There is one wish I have for you all beyond prosperity, wealth and happiness. When we are all 80-90-100 years old, I wish that you all look back on your time here in D.C. without a single regret. I know that I will look back on my time in D.C. and smile when times are hard and I feel like giving up. I wish you all happy adventures, fantastic new friendships, amazing experiences and journeys of a lifetime.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the TWC for putting so much effort into this program. Without the TWC staff, our experiences in D.C. would not have been the same. I consider myself very lucky for having met so many great people in this program, and I know that I have made some great and lasting friendships because of it.  Remember, "sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.”


All the best, you deserve it.




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