I have closed the chapter on another part of my life: my graduate school career. It has been an incredible adventure pursuing my master's in Southeast Asia, a place I never imagined studying abroad for an entire 16 months. It was the greatest leap of faith I've taken in life to travel to a distant land with no job lined up, no place, no connections. Yet as I got through each day things started to fall into place and I adjusted to my new normal. My focus was to complete my program and I never lost sight of that goal.
While I was working toward degree completion, I've had the most amazing experiences a globetrotter could ask for; from trying all sorts of international dishes to landing a voice acting gig for a children's publication to witnessing the Bangkok political protests up close and personal. All of my encounters have created the person I am now as I am constantly evolving. Traveling will do that for you and that's why I love it. I am definitely not the same person I was when I stepped onto Thai soil.
An equally trying and rewarding journey, it was so hard for me to part with the people and the place I've called home for nearly a year and a half. Heartstrings that are sincerely linked to the beauty and bond of friendship do not easily take well to the thought of leaving the ones who made such a deep impression on your life. No matter how much technology advances, it can and will never replace the substance of being in someone's physical presence. Plain and simple. That is not to say that I'm not grateful for it because it has done wonders for humanity.
Life is always changing, always. Transition is not easy for human nature but it keeps us moving forward on the path of progress as we strive to achieve our purposes. I know that I was born to travel and to be a difference maker in all the countries I've been blessed to traverse. Never ever will I forget the people, places and moments that have all impacted my life for the better. And so I say thank you Thailand! Thank you for an extraordinary grad school quest. Thanks~