When I went to write this blog, the only thing I wanted to write about was the feeling of deep gratitude for every moment this summer. This summer was a summer of transition: transition from student to graduate, and student to Teaching Assistant. It was marked by many challenges and unforeseen circumstances, but mostly it was marked by the gift that is friendship.
At the end of the day, there’s a million things I could write about. I could write about the warmth I felt upon my return to Ariccia, as I was a student of the program in Summer 2021. I could write about the fear I felt on the day students arrived, the group of girls I would be spending three months with. I could write about the joy I felt working alongside my team of inspiring women. But at the end of the day, the greatest lesson I learned and best gift I received was that of friendship, so that is what I will touch briefly on.
There are not adequate words to describe the feeling of honor I have after meeting these girls this summer. It was a group of 21 intelligent, curious, hardworking women that were seeking growth and knowledge of the world around them. I witnessed strength, perseverance, and kindness from them day after day. They offered me grace and forgiveness when I fell short in my role. They offered me friendship when I needed it most.
So, thank you, to the women who impacted so much of who I am today. I will cherish the memories we made together for the rest of my life. Every day was sunnier because of who each of you are.
Cat Powers (TA)