I arrived without fanfare to South Carolina in December wearing the same clothes as when I left and carrying the same backpack. Instead of being bright and shiny like it was when I left, it was now covered in ground-in dirt and under the bus grease from the last 18 months of travel. 18 months–never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I’d be gone that long, or that I’d meet some of the most amazing people I’ve met in my life. Nor did I think this trip would give me career clarity, but here I am, finally, on the right path for me. Later this week, I start Organic Chemistry in preparation for taking the MCAT sometime this summer. I’ve always wanted to be a pediatrician (and to be more specific a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician); I just never thought that I could. Travelling this long, meeting the people I’ve met, doing the things I’ve done has convinced me that yes–it is possible.
South Carolina Snow welcomed me home and after having spent a few weeks before on the beaches of Rio de Janiero, it was an odd sight to see. Time to hang up the traveling backpack, head back to work, and focus on the future. I can’t promise that when things get rough, I’m not going to day-dream about lazy days on the beach, that cute café in Buenos Aires, or the amazing scenery near Mendoza. Or reminisce about my 6 week trek through Italy or my 3 month adventure in the United Kingdom.