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ALUMNA BLOG: The Finale (On Assignment in Indonesia)

June 01, 2012

Category: Alumni, History & Politics


2007 Catawba alumna Lauren Ebersole of Hagerstown, Md., recently wrapped up her 27-month stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Indonesia. Read about her final goodbyes and about the adventures she shared while being posted there. ;Indonesiaby Lauren Ebersole '07 ;

I came to Indonesia 27 months ago as one of 20. I'm leaving Indonesia as a party of one. I'm sitting in the airport waiting for  thinking about where I've come over the past two years. I'm sure that I've changed, but not exactly sure how. Right now it is still too much to process. A certain bow-tied former professor of mine would be asking, " What did you learn?" That too will take much more reflection than I can give at this particular moment.  

Right now I am physically and emotionally drained. The past two weeks have been the most emotionally taxing weeks of my life. The goodbyes have been non-stop, starting with a farewell from my village. Next up was the farewell party with the teachers and staff from my school. I had been counting down days for quite some time, but it was in that moment (11 days ago) that it really hit me I was leaving.  Read more...


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