Whether it’s due to a new career, love, adventure or the need to breathe somewhere where the sun shines for more than one day, all are worthy reasons that drove us to live apart from those we hold dearest, challenge ourselves and push past the barriers.

It’s been 3 months already since I decided to get on that plane, leaving my heart with my beloved family, friends and country to fly here to the U.S. New York in particular.

Before coming I was terrified (in a good way), I believe I speak on behalf of all the fellows when I point to how scared yet excited we were, how many hours we spent thinking about the journey laying ahead of us, building thousands of scenarios of how amazing the next 365 days are going to be.

The question of why is so broad! But looking back to when I applied to Atlas Corps fellowship, all I saw was an opportunity that will allow me to learn how to cope with uncertainty, progress professionally, pursue my passion, live an interesting and meaningful phase of my life by all means. I wanted to do and be something big but by my own definition.
I wanted the freedom to explore and dive deep into what interests me and maybe even master a few things. I wanted to exchange knowledge and meet as many people as I can, have as many interesting conversations as possible. I moved because I truly believe it’s only when you ditch your comfort zone you know yourself better, and most of all you esteem and develop yourself.

Now after 3 months of continues hard work, learning, meaningful friendships and laughter, I’m beyond glad I took a step outside my comfort zone. I’m also thankful and honored to be part of this passionate community. As John Lennon once said: “You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one (We the Atlas Corps family are more than 800 dreamers and leaders) and we hope someday you will join us”.

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