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01/10/2011

Fall 2010 LIC Farewell Message

Almost three weeks have gone by since we said our final tear-filled farewells on December 22nd, and I realize now as I am writing this final blog for our Fall 2010 LIC program blog (and tears are beginning to fill my eyes again) that this semester will be just as unforgettable for me as it probably will be for all of you (the Context Crew), for various reasons. First of all, as you all know, we all experienced this program together for the first time (you all as participants and me as Director) and as I told you in the Closure Ceremony, I could not have dreamed of having a more interested, unified, motivated, hard-working, funny and FUN group of students. I want you all to know how much I appreciate your dedication and hard work this semester, as well as your spontaneity and sense of humor.

 

The last ten years of my life have been filled with heart-wrenching goodbyes and because of this, I have developed an aversion for long goodbyes, so I will try to keep these final words succinct. Thank you for the bouquet of flowers and the framed group photo. It was so thoughtful of you all. My house smelled like roses for two weeks, and every time I am feeling challenged or down, I can look up from my desk (onto the top of the cabinet across from my desk) and see all of your smiling faces to motivate me! Thank you for honoring me by breaking into the final “Con-text, Con-text, Con-text” farewell chant during our final Closure Activity group lunch, I was so touched! Thank you for opening yourselves up to this experience as completely as you have done; I think we have all learned so much this semester because of it! Y por último, y creo que es más apropiado que os lo diga en español, esto no es un “adiós”, sino un “hasta luego”…

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Wow, ten years. That is a crazy long time. I can only imagine devoting that much of my time to something.

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