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I’m sitting on the floor in my bedroom on my last night ever in my apartment in Syracuse. It’s empty except for a bed frame, a suitcase, a duffel bag, and pictures on the wall of Downton Abbey, Jon Hamm, Harry Potter, Rooney Mara, and the like. My roommate Amrita has moved out. My other roommate Genevieve is in her room. My roommate Kat is in the living room with our friend Ali.

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be on a train to New York City. I plan on watching the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to keep myself occupied, and to keep people away from me because who wants to share a seat with someone watching a movie about a journalist and a near sociopath hunting a sadistic murderer? I’ll spend two nights in North Jersey with my family and friends. And on Friday, I’ll take the second-longest flight of my life from Newark to Mumbai. (Should I call it Mumbai or is that a misguided PC thing? Is Bombay better?)

I haven’t traveled outside the US since I spent fall semester 2010 in London with SU Abroad. It was undoubtedly the best thing I ever did. So far I’ve been to England, South Korea, Ireland, Italy, France, Holland, and Greece. India is radically different from any place I’ve ever visited. I don’t know what to expect, except that I’ll be really, really hot. I’ve added the Mumbai weather data to my iPhone and it seems to be constantly 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

An alum who made a big impression on me gave me some advice as a college senior (super senior now I guess, I have another semester to deal with the fallout of violently rejecting broadcast journalism). Melissa Rich (former General Manager at CitrusTV and one of the people who made Papa John’s a national name) said her best advice to the class of 2012 is to travel. She told us to see as much of the world as possible while we’re young and healthy and not tied down to careers and families and other responsibilities that typically exist for life.

It was good advice, especially since there’s so much to see and so little that I know.

Also, I’m really excited to be traveling with my classmates and TG! TG, you know how to keep it real. Ok, sorry for the long post. I have a lot of words.

Iris

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