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Thanks, DePauw!

16 Jul

First of all, I feel so proud that from my graduating class, four people decided to serve with the Peace Corps ( not to mention the great amount doing AmeriCorps and Teach For America! ). Now I’m extremely flattered about this article: http://www.depauw.edu/acad/articles/?id=23761 though I wish the other two people had emailed responses to the questions so I could learn more about their respective job assignments, motivations for joining and locations. I feel honored to be part of a group of people pushing themselves to live and work in another country for two years. Sometimes I feel intimidated knowing that several of these people have been intending to join the Peace Corps for years because in comparison, my decision likely comes across as clandestine. Though the complete shift I made in my post-graduation trajectory may cause others to see me as capricious, I know just how passionate I am about the coming 27 months. My appreciation for this opportunity also deepens every time I meet and talk with someone who has been wanting to do this for some time. What I’m trying to get across is that, now that I’m away from DePauw and have been able to get some perspective on my college experience, I am overwhelmed by how blessed I am to have gone to a university that housed and taught so many concerned and giving people. Even if it took me longer than most, I’m thankful to be a part of a group of students joining these types of organizations and I hope that next year’s graduating class sees the same appeal and opportunity in these programs as the class of 2009.