An Open Letter to Australia

Marlowe Padilla
June 21, 2015
 
Dear Australia,
 
I am not the same man who stepped off of that plane almost five months ago, for you see I am changed. I am changed because I am grateful of my opportunity; to have had this adventure of a lifetime and to see what the world is like through a different continent. I am changed because I am humbled, to have witnessed the greatness of nature and the wonders it has provided us. But most importantly, I am changed because of you Australia, and I will forever be changed for the better. I am grateful, I am humbled, and I am in awe of everything you have shown me. 
 
From Bondi to Coogee, Melbourne to Cairns, and Sydney to Auckland, I have seen the beauty of distance and the uniqueness of each city and place I have touched. I came here wondering if I would find a piece of myself through my travels, yet at the culmination of this trip I have realized that I have left pieces of myself in the places I have loved the most. 
 
I entered this country with a sense of maturity but am leaving with an incredible sense of independence and an increased sense of self-awareness: I am confident that my life is heading in the right direction. I am so thankful for the challenges I have encountered while studying abroad, for I know that I am capable of the uncertainties that life can throw. But above all, I am so grateful for this desire of travel that has grown within me since I have lived here. I am looking at the next several years of my life as an opportunity to explore. There are more pieces of myself that I am looking to discover. 
 
Thank you Australia, for giving me memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for giving my new found friends and I, a place to let our imagination and creativity run wild. Thank you for your amazing culture, and for allowing me to call this place home. I hope to return to this country with my children one day to show them all of the wonders you have shown me. 
 
I am not the same man who stepped off that plane almost five months ago, for you see I am forever changed. You will always be a part of my life OZ. 
 
Until next time Australia...Cheers!
 
Marlowe 
 

Marlowe Padilla

<p>Hi everyone! My name is Marlowe Padilla, and I am a Junior Cinema &amp; Photography Major with minors in Art, Integrated Marketing Communications, and Writing from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. When i&#39;m not in class, you can find me exploring nature through various hiking trails, editing numerous amounts of photographs, or enjoying my coffee after my daily runs. While in Sydney, I am hoping to build connections and find a home within the people and places that surround me. With the start of this new adventure in my life, I am excited to see all the incredible opportunities that Sydney will have to offer.&nbsp;</p>

Home university:
Ithaca College
Major:
Photography
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