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Discovering The Extraordinary

Student, designer, and world traveler. The first impression from my journey across the pond where I spent 3 months calling England my home.




Fourteen days ago, I embarked on my journey overseas to the United Kingdom, a place I will call home for the next 12 weeks of my life. I’ve been dreaming about this trip since I was 15 years old, when I decided one day I was going to travel the world. Now here I am, 20 years old, and after a short 14 days, I have experienced the beautiful cultures of two foreign countries. Is it anything I thought it would be? Absolutely not. I could have never predicted the tastes, smells, or feelings I have experienced since I arrived nearly 2 weeks ago. The way the leaves smell as they fall off the tree and crunch underneath my boots. The taste of fish and chips fresh out of the fryer from a small pub we just can’t resist going to after a crisp fall day. And the overwhelming feeling of love and appreciation for a country that has welcomed me to learn alongside its citizens. These past two weeks have opened my eyes to the endless opportunities of growth, not only as a student but as a person. In a short weekend trip to Amsterdam I was able to watch the sun rise from a small café on the canal, admiring the morning rush of parents riding around with their children on bicycles. The laughter, the language, the culture; it all sounded like music to my ears. It is so diverse here. I could go on and on about all of the things they do differently from back home in the US. But if I have learned one thing in my time here so far, it’s this: appreciate the beauty in people’s differences, because everyone has something extraordinary to contribute to this world.

“But if I have learned one thing in my time here so far, it’s this: appreciate the beauty in people’s differences, because everyone has something extraordinary to contribute to this world.”
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