Yesterday I had to say my final “see you laters” to all of the great people who I’ve met throughout the past eight months living in Caleta Olivia. This experience has been a challenge, and I do not think I would have made it to the end without the kind support and love from my closest new friends. Three girls, Mariel R., Valeria, and Mariel C., have brought so much sunshine to my Fulbright experience. I was brought to tears as my bus slowly backed out of the terminal and headed towards my last view of the beautiful, rocky coastline of Caleta Olivia.
As I sit in my hotel room in Buenos Aires, I am able to reflect on the impact that this experience has had on my life. The way I view immigration and discrimination has changed. My eyes have been opened to the power of communication and language development. My heart has widened as I realize that my journey in life is just beginning. In five days I will be back on US soil with a new profound appreciation of the life I have been given and the responsibilities that those privileges entail.
I recently received an amazing email which stated that I have been selected as a Finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship to study for my Master’s degree at Oxford University next year. I am honored and overjoyed to have been selected as a finalist for such a prestigious award. Regardless of whether or not I become a scholar, I know that simply having the opportunity to interview is pretty amazing.
I almost didn’t apply for Rhodes, but the encouragement of outstanding professors and staff at Villanova gave me the push and confidence I needed to take that step. I don’t believe I would be where I am today without the faith and love that I have received from people all over the world and from my family. Various people in my life have allowed me to truly start believing in myself and my capabilities.
Now honestly, how crazy would it be if I continued this blog next year from Oxford? yeah, let’s think about that one… :)
Caleta Olivia, Argentina
Puerto Madryn, Argentina