The Miraculous Gift
As some of you may or may not know, my favorite television show of all time is The Office (US). It was one of the first ‘grown-up’ shows that I got really invested in, and at this point I’ve been watching and rewatching episodes for eight years. Which it’s why it’s fitting that upon trying to reflect about this amazing semester, one of the first things that popped into my head was a quote from the series finale: ‘No matter how you get there or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home.’ Though Creed makes this claim as he’s being arrested and taken to prison, it still holds a great deal of relevance and profundity. Over the past five months, Edinburgh hasn’t just become my home away from home; it’s just home. For whatever reason, I have come to feel like I belong in this magical, eclectic, breathtaking city. I’ve gotten to know the streets of Auld Reekie almost as well as those of Mattapoisett or Providence, and I’ve found a kind of family in the friends I’ve made here. Even ordinary days were able to feel somehow extraordinary – I wasn’t just walking to class, I was walking to class through the streets of Edinburgh, the same streets where figures ranging from David Hume to JK Rowling roamed. My flat was in the shadow of a dormant volcano. I played trivia in a building older than the United States. I am so incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity and ability to come to Edinburgh and live here for five months, truly making this place a home. It has been one of, if not the, best experience(s) of my life, and I cannot wait to come back.