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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.

Epiphanies Along our Journey

  • Learning how to be a more contributing, inclusive, caring member of the group.
  • Everything is so complicated! Therefore so many sides to one issue.
  • Everything, every place, every action is so connected to everything else.
  • Feeling, thinking,
  • America’s backwards messed up in a lot of ways

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  • Family is more than who is blood related to you, it is never stops growing.
  • Food, water, shelter, myself, human connection is all that you  needs to be happy.
  • There are lives in poverty that are just as meaningful and rich as my own life.
  • I am at home in my own body.
  • There are many ways to express love; love is limitless, infinite and ever spreading.
  • I love mie goreng.
  • The ocean is in me and I feel more complete when I am in the ocean.
  • I don’t need to be afraid of the unknown or what is different from me.

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  • How to poop while squatting.
  • It’s more than passionate about music, it’s kinda my life.
  • How to release emotions in a way that I feel is suitable.
  • Money doesn’t  mean happiness. Less is the Best.
  • My whole thoughts of “third world” countries were destroyed on this trip.
  • Never  thought a group of this many people could be this close.
  • Sarong = Swag.

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  • There are millions & millions of ways to live your life. With the one I was born into I am given the opportunity to choose and pursue what I wish.
  • Life is comprised of constant decision making.
  • Humans are capable of incredible things – good and bad. The power that comes with a mind is a great responsibility I learned a good amount of Bahasa Indonesia.
  • Americanized lifestyle is not the correct, “right” way of living.
  • There is something to learn from every person you meet.
  • Community is beautiful.
  • Indo rats eat underwear.
  • Comfort zones are extremely easy to change.
  • Happiness is not material

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  • I learned that there is power in community and power comes in the form of love, support and sharing.
  • Learned that Indonesia welcomes a much more balanced lifestyle while Americans tend to devide themselves up and life up which ultimately limits us.
  • Importance in the present and danger in a future country.
  • Choice is everywhere.
  • Your intentions/mindset of travelling is essential.
  • Wealth is not monetary.
  • We hold much more responsibility that I could have possibly thought before homestays & experiences direct impact.
  • Labeling limits.

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Of course I have learned a lot, of which has already been stated. So, personally, I’ve learned that countries have many different sides, from cities to people & even cultures. So, when people will say “Indonesia” casualty in a sentence I’ll be blessed enough to invision all of them instead of just one side many people often think. I’ve also learned a lot about communities, whether it’s the ones we’ve been lucky enough to immerse ourselves in or the one travelling around with us for the past while & of course more that is educational and useful but yeah…

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There so much more outside the bubble I was raised in. I learned what true happiness is.

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I learned that I am much more capable than I think I am when it comes to travelling, budgeting, making friends and guitar.

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I embarked on my journey intending to forge my independence, and discover my identity as an individual unit when severed from my familial support system at home. Further develop my sense of self and I did. But in the happiest moments of this odyssey- laughing with my homestay sisters while we gleefully water colored, dancing with my giggling ibu, sharing a meal with an entire district of singing, praying Langans- I found that what matters most in the world, what’s most integral and enduring in my narrative, is my family waiting for me at home. Wealth isn’t measured in money or materialism. Wealth rest in intensity of love.

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I gain a greater sense of self and understanding of who I am. I realized this through various lessons I learned from Indonesian culture, like the importance of family and gratitude, but also from the social aspect and being with the group 24/7.

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I learned that I’m happier when I am doing and doing more, and that I need a lot less alone time than I thought I did.