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I Solemnly Swear That My Dream Has Come True: Swear-In Ceremony
August 16, 2011, 3:25 pm
Filed under: Paraguay

I think we need to take a step back from this travel blog and write from the heart.

I have been a Peace Corps Volunteer for 10 days now, and I am still reeling. Swear-In Ceremony: An official celebration, a rite, and a bridge from Peace Corps Trainee to Peace Corps Volunteer. But this wasn’t just a bridge from Trainee to Volunteer for me. This was the final culmination of three years of blood, sweat, and tears. A literal labor of love, merely the road to becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer was the most challenging, persevering, and also rewarding thing I have ever done.

Truthfully, there is nothing that I wanted more badly in my entire life than to be a Peace Corps Volunteer. I can say that graduating high school and college were both outstanding achievements, but my dream of becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer was always something that I wanted just for me. Not because of what it could do for my job prospects (though I’m sure that it will benefit it), or because my family or friends pushed me to it, or because I didn’t really know what else I wanted to do: no,becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer was something I strived for EVERY single day for the past three and a half years of my life. My application process was one of the long ones: there were times when I thought I would never become a Peace Corps Volunteer, times when I almost gave up. But I kept pushing, and I took patience as a virtue and waited it out.

Three years later, standing at my official swear-in ceremony, when Don Clark, our Country Director, asked us to raise our right hands to take the official oath, I couldn’t help the tears. I kept staring down at this official certificate in my hand that we were giving as a thank you to our homestay families- I was fixated on the ‘Peace Corps’ at the top of the certificate, saying it over and over again in my head. Thinking about how long it took me to get here and how many sacrifices I made. But there I was; standing there as an official Peace Corps Volunteer. I had made it. I crossed the finish line. Three years later I had fulfilled my dream.

It felt incredible. It made all of the trial and tribulation worth it. And most importantly, it made me feel that if I can accomplish that, then I can accomplish anything.

So today, I would like to thank myself for never giving up on my dream. I am a Peace Corps Volunteer. And I am never turning back.


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Congratulations on this awesome achievement!

Comment by Andy

Andy! So wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for reading my blog. I hope things are going great at Thunderbird! So excited to apply there as soon as my tenure ends as a PCV 🙂

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