A few months ago, I forced myself to sit down and write a bittersweet email. It wasn't quite a breakup email (I'm not that heartless, usually), but it wasn't quite not a breakup email either. I'd just found out that I'd been offered a job that I desperately wanted, and I was getting ready to move across the country three weeks later.
This was objectively great news, but it also meant that I needed to start extricating myself from all of my other jobs (yes, I had a lot of other jobs, because #gradschoolproblems) -- including this one I've enjoyed as a columnist for Go Overseas. Giving my two weeks' notice at my job tutoring bored undergrads in Spanish was easy, but telling the editorial staff at Go Overseas that I wouldn't be writing for them anymore was a lot harder.
I've been writing for Go Overseas since 2012, which I believe makes me the longest-running contributor they've had. When I started, I was halfway through a year volunteer teaching in Bogotá, Colombia. I was hoping to keep writing while abroad, and it seemed like a fun way to learn more about other parts of the world.
Now, five years, multiple cross-continental moves and dozens of passport stamps later, I finally have a little time to reflect on just how much I've gotten out of it.