Final remarks, farewells, last minute promises, sweet memories, hugs, emotions and lots of hope to work together sometime, may be travel or visit each other, and simply meet somewhere in the world…

Bittersweet feelings: that’s probably what most of us had during the Class 8 Graduation Event –  the first one I’ve attended since being an Atlas Corps fellow.

On one hand there is home, often far away, where there is family, old friends, memories and daily routine which was interrupted for a year or so, on the other hand so many interesting young people, professionals and unique individuals who didn’t know each other only a year ago, but during a short period of time have become friends, everyday company and support for each other, why not, even family. Add to that stepping off the plane and feeling “your own” ground beneath your feeling and U.S. kind of life with all its diversity. Tough, right?

I always say that world is too small and too round! Sounds funny, I know. But I also know that it has some truth and that one day I’ll turn around and will see someone “from Atlas” or some of us will accidentally run into each other, smiling, waiving, reaching to give a hug…

Very recently I mentioned to a friend of mine that I’m on fellowship in DC and she immediately asked translating it into Russian, “fellowship – is brotherhood”? Kind of, I think…and this gives room for lots of thoughts and emotions.

Once again, no farewells at all! Just best wishes for future and strength to be able to realize what each and every of us has in mind!

This fellowship seems to be a journey of change, on both ends…

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