I apologize for not posting for a while! It has been a very crazy time here. A lot has happened in the past couple months. School lead conferences, exams starting in just two weeks, and struggling to balance school, friends, and sleep. To start, we had project week the first week of March. I went to Brussels (Belgium) and the Hague (the Netherlands). We visited many important politicians, NGO leaders, and think tanks in the two cities. I was able to get a much better understanding of how European Politics work and how International Politics work. Since this is a field I want to go into, this was the perfect opportunity to learn more about it. One of the best moments on the trip was at the Wishlist for Europe event. It was where citizens from all over Europe could come to the European Parliament in Brussels and voice their opinions on what they want for the new Parliament. I was struck by how open and honest the politicians that were talking were, even though they were the heads of their respective departments. I wished that all politics could be like this! The trip also happened to fall on my 18th birthday, which was a very fun time. I was able to spend it in two different countries with some great people. It was definitely a trip to remember!
Also, my family came to visit me last week! My sister had spring break so she and my parents came up to see the school for the first time and meet my new friends here. My grandparents joined them for the second weekend and it was a much needed break from the crazy life here. I loved having them here and can’t wait to see them again soon!
At this point, I think many people will be aware that one of my American co-years here at AC, Colin, took his life a few weeks ago. This was one of the first times I had lost a friend so young and in an environment like AC, the bond you have with everyone here is undeniable. To lose someone unexpectedly leads to many questions and few answers. And as our principal wisely put it, this is a school full of kids who are always asking the question ‘why’. And with this instance, we probably aren’t going to get an answer. Colin was a fantastic friend and was constantly smiling. Every time I saw him I could count on him to brighten up my day. He will be remembered all around the world by everyone he came into contact with. I already miss seeing his face around campus and it will take time to adjust to. It has been a tough time here but the community definitely came together and was so supportive of each other. Please keep Colin’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they struggle to deal with their loss.