“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” - Marcel Proust
Perhaps one of the most foreboding thoughts upon accepting my place at Utrecht University was whether or not I would be able to make friends, and not just generic friends, but true, genuine, inspirational friendships. To pack up your life on the other side of the Atlantic and leave behind the people, culture, and overall society that you know, and to venture onwards to a new place where you will spend the next few years, can be scary. More than anything, I was terrified of taking this jump and having nobody to catch me.
Now I can say, with the greatest happiness, that I was caught.