Thursday, January 26, 2017

Middlebury Magic

I've been doing a lot of thinking about how far I've come, especially in the last year and the ways that I've grown. Today I thought of a conversation I had with a few people when I was at Middlebury an how insecure I was at that point. I remember talking to these two people, thinking that they were cool people and must have tons of friends, and what was wrong with me?

Middlebury was a really magical place for me, and I never realized how many ways my time there helped me to grow until now. For the first time in my life I was surrounded by people who loved me and told me that I was smart, funny, beautiful inside and out. I made lasting friendships, some of which are still really big parts of my life. I met my best friend there, and I learned so much, not just about Russian.

Thanks to my good friends and members of the Russian folk group Zolotoj Plyos, I learned to sing. Well, I could already sing, but they taught me how to do it right and gave me the confidence to know that I was good enough. I got to fulfill a dream of acting, in one of the lead roles, during on of the choir concerts, and so much more.

I don't know if everyone feel this strongly about their time at the Midd language schools, but I will forever be grateful for the people there and the opportunity to experience life at Middlebury. I would not be the woman I am today without such a great experience!

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