I figured I would title this final blog with the exact same name (with one change) as my very first blog post. I am pleased to say that I am a MASTER…I graduated in Buenos Aires today upon completion of my Master’s education. What a ride it has been! I have plenty of time to write this post while I wait for my delayed flight to leave from Argentina. The last few days of my international education have been hectic. Writing papers and studying for exams…and now it’s over. Last Thursday, I had to give my simposio…a presentation of a research project I did about the Camino de Santiago. It went really well and I wasn’t very nervous to present it to the entire program. I didn’t have a lot of time to breathe after completing the simposio due to the papers and exam that I had to turn in/take yesterday. I DID IT!!
After the simposio on Thursday, we had a celebratory dinner in town. We enjoyed ourselves. However, yesterday’s goodbye banquet was PHENOMENAL. All of my fellow Madrid girls and I toasted to our journey together in this program with champagne. Later, we gave our professor’s gifts and cards as thank yous for their exceptional education. In turn, the director gave all the graduates a book personalized to each of our personalities. It was such a thoughtful gift. There are rare occasions when you meet extremely genuine people, but our director Liria is a sincerely genuine person and I am so glad to have had her as a professor. It was truly memorable.
Before the banquet, I went with my roommate Nicole and Jordan to “La Boca” a neighborhood in Buenos Aires that has artisan markets and all of the buildings are painted with bold colors. It was by far one of my favorite experiences in Buenos Aires. I got myself a little souvenir there J
Today. I graduated. Liria took our class out to lunch and it was delicious. Shortly after, we moved to the auditorium and had an informal graduation ceremony. Liria told us that she wanted to graduate us before the director in Middlebury, VT. I am very sad to leave behind such wonderful people. However, I am excited to head up to Middlebury for my graduation and see people I haven’t seen in a long time. I’ll be donning a cap and gown for the very last time. Incredible.
Now…a final reflection of my international journey… Not just with Middlebury, but my time in Logroño as well. I consider myself the luckiest girl alive to have had the opportunity to immerse myself in foreign cultures. It is an experience that changes you for the better. It is incredibly sad to think my time as a resident in a foreign country is over, but visits will be necessary. (When I make some money). I saw amazing and jaw-dropping places…places I never dreamed I would get to see. I stomped on grapes to make wine, I watched fado singers belt out their emotional songs, I drank Glüewein in a frigid Germany, I danced tango in Buenos Aires and I saw countless Flamenco shows. I am incredibly lucky and my time abroad has enriched my life immeasurably. Now, I am finished, back to Boston I go and I am thrilled to go. I have had the time of my life…here’s to more amazing life experiences. Cheers!