By Casey Crow
Special to The SUN
I recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, closing an important chapter of my life. As I boarded my last flight from Dallas to Durango, preparing to spend my summer in Pagosa for the first time in four years, I couldn’t help but reflect on all that changed since I left these stunning mountains, the things that remained the same, and what I carried back with me.
I embarked on my educational journey at Carolina with a passion for justice, not yet fully understanding the nuances and complexities of this concept, and with an interest in international human rights. As a double major in political science and global studies, my education and personal transformation was defined most by my experiences outside our borders.
I was once asked to describe my time abroad in 1,000 words or less, and I just laughed because 20 plus countries, five continents and seven host families don’t fit so well in 1,000 words or less.