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Tomorrow, I’m off to the next adventure. Though I will back in London town, a place that I know well, I will be starting graduate school at one of the most prestigious institutions in the world (LSE is ranked 4th in Social Sciences in the world this year by QS! Sorry, had to throw that in there!). I am excited and terrified all at the same time. Will I be ready for the rigor of academia? How will I compete against my fellow classmate who are on average 3-5 years older than me and thus have more experiences? I’ve gotten so good at killing time that the sheer idea of deadlines and responsibilities seem scary. My fellow PCVs who have already began their grad programs all seem to be adjusting well. One of them gave a great piece of advice tonight: just take it one day at a time.

It’s been a whirlwind of the past 7 weeks in the USA. Saw lots of great friends & spent quality time with the family. I am incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful support system. Family aside, I have collected incredible friendship from literally around the globe. The kind of friendship so solid that years can pass with minimal contact and the moment we meet, it’s as if time has not passed. It may be cliché, but I live to continue to create those relationships and to maintain them. At the end of the day, people is who you have. All material goods are, well, temporary, and more often than not, unnecessary. Cherish your loves.

I will miss mama’s meals and coffee dates with my friends. But new coffee dates can be created and thanks to technology no one is more than one phone call, or skype session away! Mama’s meals though, now that, will take some waiting. For me, home is where my loves are, and that, happens to be around the world.

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