I still look back fondly on my immersion program in Nice when I was 16, where I met Kathy who was our program director. I don’t think I’d be where I am today had it not been for that summer and Kathy’s kind mentorship. While it made me fall in love with France, as cliché as this may sound, it also helped me start being more comfortable with myself. I have just graduated from Georgetown, heading to Paris in a few weeks to start my master’s program in energy diplomacy and environmental policy at Sciences Po. I think 16-year-old me would have been a bit terrified but even more excited by the whole thing. 22-year-old me is certainly both. I know for sure that that summer in Nice helped put me on this path.