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“We don’t see things the way they are, we see them how we are”

I always try to share a piece of advice with my exchange students and nieces/nephews when they return home or upon graduation. Something that I hope is meaningful enough that they can carry it with them – not just the origami dollar signs made of twenties I slip in their card. This year was easy to find a topic – so easy that my pen ran out of ink as I wrote in the card on the way to the party. I’ll chalk it up to the fact that the pen I was using in the car was one of my husband’s that obviously didn’t want me to include the dog and the fish’s names (*insert loving husband eye roll*)....

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A little on cell service in Switzerland from our guest writer, Kim of Sweden…

“So, do you have cell service in Switzerland?” Well, when I finally decided to go on exchange, I was excited for what was to come. I had absolutely no idea where I was going to be placed, with whom or who my friends were going to be. To be honest I basically just winged my decision anyways because I applied in April and left in July. Let’s just say I tried to make up my mind about leaving to the USA from November and on, but I am very bad at making decisions and good at overthinking. So, I just told myself “Go! What do you have to lose?”. That is the best thing I have ever told myself. Just...

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Embrace The Living Things!

  I studied abroad in college – it wasn’t my idea. I was undoubtedly nervous about it as I was someone that previously thought going to Florida from Ohio without my parents was a big deal. Rewind to my senior year of high school, I did just that; I went to Florida on the band trip. Side note – I still can’t tell you why I was in band; I was horrible at playing every instrument I touched. I have to imagine my participation and lack of skill in band was an avenue or push toward a next step from the universe... And a pardon from my bandmates. Post Florida, it was time to prepare for moving to college and...

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