As I stand at the end of this program, and the end of my journey that has moved across five cities and two countries, my heart is just filled with an immense amount of gratitude. It is filled not only because of all of the information that I learned throughout this month, but also because of the incredible people that I had the opportunity to do this with. From my professor, to my roommate, and everyone in between it was an amazing opportunity. Sure, I felt like I was in bootcamp on more days than I am willing to admit, but I wouldn’t take any of it back. As I sit and type this from my hotel room in Madrid, Spain, I am still thinking about where does one go from here? I’ve learned so much within this past month. I don’t know where to begin summarizing my experiences, but I do know that I feel incredibly lucky. I feel incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity. I feel incredibly lucky to walk away with not only a renewed sense of gratitude, a deeper sense of empathy, but also an understanding (albeit baseline) of trauma and the importance of remembering. Among the many many things we did, the debrief was one of my favorite. It truly felt like it was the best way to bring things full circle, to hear what everyone was thinking and feeling was an experience I can’t quite articulate. I just know that I am walking away from this experience with so much more than the eight credits that I hoped to earn, and for that I can say that I am immeasurably grateful. Words will never be able to articulate all the gratitude that I feel so here’s to hoping that these words can suffice. Thank you for taking this journey with me, and my only wish was that you would have had the opportunity to do this as well because it really is something that everyone should do.
I walk away humbled, grateful and immeasurably blessed. This is an experience that I will always remember.