My junior year of college, I stumbled into what became a life changing experience. The person I was before that trip is not the same person who came back.  I wasn’t unhappy at home, in fact I was the opposite. But I had a desire within me that I wasn’t aware of until I left that first time. I had the desire to challenge myself, to seek more, to grow as much as I can as a person. I still have this desire today. Almost four years later, and I’m still reaping the benefits of what studying abroad did for me. I’ve now lived and worked in 3 countries, travelled and volunteered 5 continents and 23 countries, and the list is still going.

“Safari njema” is a phrase in Swahili, it’s what you say to someone before they leave. It means have a safe journey. I try to remind this to myself everywhere I go, and wish it upon everyone I meet.

Most of my heart is on Long Island, a big chunk of it is in Tanzania, and the rest is scattered around the world. I’m just trying to do the best I can, for whoever I can, for as long as I can, and writing about it every step of the way.