My First Few Days in India

India is a lot like Vegemite (a lesson I learned in Australia): you either hate it or you love it. Some people warned me that it was overpopulated, overwhelming, and most definitely under sanitized. They were right. Cities are overflowing with people, blanketed in trash, engulfed by a cacophony of noise – and I absolutely love it.

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Update: Two Months Abroad

It’s been just over two months now since I hopped on a plane and said goodbye to the U.S. I can’t decide if it feels like I’ve been gone for a lifetime or just the blink of an eye, but it somehow seems like both. Time moves in a weird way when you’re traveling.

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Saying Goodbye – Sophie’s Solo Adventure

July 11 has rapidly crept up on me, and in just about a week I will be leaving for the adventure of a lifetime. It feels like the timing is right for me to share this little goodbye video I put together for my friends and family. It has certainly made me realize how lucky I am to have such positive, strong, supportive people in my life. Goodbye will be hard, but I’m thankful to have a home that’s hard to leave.


Ending the Gap Year Stigma

It’s that time of year again. High school seniors, college seniors, and grad students across the nation are getting ready to answer the single most dreaded question any young adult has ever been asked: What’s your plan?

It’s not that we’re incompetent individuals or lost souls, that’s just a really big question to answer. What do you want to do for the rest of your life? Kids in high school aren’t even old enough to legally drink alcohol, let alone decide the direction of their lives for the next 50 years. On average, one in three students will change their major at least once during their college career. Heck, my cousin went to school for archaeology and is now an accountant. At 18 and 22, many of us don’t have enough real world experience to have a firm understanding of the field that we’re going into. So why not take some time off to really learn about the world?

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