Self Sufficiency, brilliant insights for IAS international students too!
Sitting in a small train station en route to Siena in Tuscany after having missed two trains, I reflected on how far I’ve come. I remember going on family vacations as a child, completely reliant on adults for the scheduling and arrangement of our trips. Any complications that arose were no inconvenience to me, as I had no responsibility in planning or implementing what we would do. This, however, was not the case now as I started to panic and wonder how I would get this weekend trip (which was now three hours off schedule) back on track.
The commute, which I had singularly planned and organized, had gotten off track when our original train left the station late. This threw everything off and made it very difficult to make our subsequent connections in time. Eventually though, I found my bearings and I…
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