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Maggie El-Baroudi

Maggie El-Baroudi

Wow. Just wow. It’s so hard to believe that it was only five years ago that I left for Europe the first time. Now, I’m back and I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life here. But, I honestly wouldn’t have made it here if it hadn’t been for the amazing People to People trip I took five years ago. I fell in love and always told myself I’d come back. And here I am. Now that the semester is ending and I’m faced with packing and leaving, I am looking back on everything with a different set of eyes. I hold the memories from People to People closer than I ever had. I think about everyone on the trip all the time and am always so excited to see what they have been up to. I honestly don’t have words for the impact that those 19 days with those 38 people had on my life. Thank you to Mary, Derek, and Andie for being our amazing chaperones and always laughing with us. Thank you to every wonderful person on that trip for being great friends and awesome travel buddies. Thank you to the amazing friends I met along the way. Thank you to the wonderful family who took me in for a few days and made me feel like I was a part of the family. Lastly, thank you to my family. Your support got me there five years ago and your continual support got me back here. Hopefully it won’t take quite as long to get back here. I love you all and you always have a special place in my heart!

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