by Audrey Carver
“Keep a journal, everyone always wishes that they had.”
This advice was given to me by practically everyone that I met before I left. Teachers, Tufts faculty, Amigos, my family. Journaling was always something that I hated, and reluctantly brought one with my without expecting to use it. However, in processing my new environment, my journal has become my most valuable possession here. Held together by stickers and duct-tape, I have carried it with me everywhere. The pages are filled with countless ups and downs, doodles, receipts, lists, thoughts, flowers, laughter, and tears. I have found a way to contain my experience in hardcover, and I am so glad that I finally took the advice.