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    Posted March 15, 2014 by
    District of Columbia
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    Why study abroad? Ask Michelle Obama

    Complete Circle


    I studied abroad in Germany for a year in highschool in 2008. In 2013, during my last semester of college, I went back to Germany for another study abroad experience. During that year, my biological family came to meet my German host family. I recreated a photo I took while I was in high school to symbolize the "complete circle" I had made. I have never felt more fulfilled when my two families met for the first time. Studying abroad changed my life. Not only do I now hold a degree in German and intern at a German-speaking Embassy in D.C., but I have also now forever intimately connected two different families, cultures, and parts of me. Little did I know when I was 16 that two families on opposite sides of the world could be so intertwined. Studying abroad has opened my eyes and has made my small, immediate family of four, turn into a large, bi-continental family of eight.

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