Friday, April 15, 2016

On The Other Side...

My dear blog will take a tiny hiatus of a few weeks (see: a month or two) as I am currently swimming in the dangerous and very cold waters that are also known as the writing of a thesis for the first year of my Master's Degree. 

This year has been a scary and yet delightful process filled with challenges, many panic attacks, sometimes a little tear, laughs, drinks, pastries, first and last metro rides, rain, snow, very little sun, many, many photocopies, questions, answers, amazing memories, and even a couple of wrinkles. 

Aside from the lack of sleep and the sometimes unbearable stress writing this thesis is causing me, seeing the end of the academic year approach makes me extremely sad. I'm not ready to say goodbye and I don't feel like this chapter in my life is finished yet. I have been puzzled and annoyed by the way things work, insulted, deceived, confused, lost, but at the end of it all, I mostly feel grateful.

And speaking of grateful, I'm supposed to have an acknowledgment and dedications page, but because I'm embarrassed of being a cheeseball on an academic document, I'd like to thank a few people that have been part of this journey with me:

First of all, I'd like to thank my parents. You are the most courageous, hard working, amazing people that I have ever known. You were not always big supporters of me moving so far away, but you always stay by my side, even through my most difficult decisions. Living without seeing you has been the hardest part of this journey. I love you so much and I am forever appreciative of all the risks you have taken to get me to where I am. I'd like to also thank my sister, who is my rock, always there to give me the courage and motivation that I need, I look up to you and you are a thousand times more courageous than I could ever be.

Paola, my best friend, my soul mate, my everything. You are my biggest cheerleader and I could have never made it here without your confidence and your support. 

To all my friends that make me feel less alone in this insane city, both back in the states and in Paris: Adriana for all your motivation in everything I need, Sam, Chloé, Caroline, Elsa, Ellen, Beatriz I would be so lost and alone without you and your music recommendations, Sophie and her cinés and many many bottles of wine. My trusty Paris Squad, Elodie, Yousra, you have welcomed me into your group with open arms, always reminding me of deadlines and being the best French cheerleaders I could ever ask for, Nelly for always being late on assignments with me and making me laugh #sisterhood. My family who has always encouraged me in everything I wanted to pursue. Amy, for always allowing me to be myself and defending my choices and personality to anyone who questions them. 

Lastly, I couldn't forget my university, as much as you have frustrated me, you also gave me a chance, which is all I ever wanted and so many others refused to give me. My teachers for always being kind and never doubting or questioning my abilities nor seeing me as different or less capable than the rest, but rather encouraging me every step of the way. 

I will see you on the other side to talk about other fun things: New York, Amy Schumer, food, podcasts, movies, and life. À bientôt !

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