Cape Town Diary: September 25. By Laura Bilodeau, Colby College ’03
Story posted September 27, 2001
Cape Town Diary: September 25, 2001
Being in Cape Town for the past few weeks has been confusing for me. I have felt completely lost and out of place in some moments, and then I have also felt that I knew exactly where I was and that I belonged here. I think that my confusion lies in wishing to be home, but also in not wanting to leave the people that I have met here in South Africa. The loss of lives in the U.S. makes me want to be home to spend time with the people I love who are coping with sadness. I also feel that there are relationships that I have made with people I have met here that are very important to me, and I do not wish to go home and not be able to be with my South African friends.
I have felt like I should be home and be here in Cape Town almost at the same time, which makes me feel like I can't really make sense of my emotions. It has been really upsetting for me to feel so much, but not to know what I'm feeling. I think that I have somehow tried to deal with my confusion by relying on my friends here because I understand how I feel when I am with them. Over the past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about how amazing it is for people to care for each other. I am so inspired by my friends that I have met here because of their efforts to understand me. They've taught me that it doesn't need to take a long time to build a friendship.
When people meet and spend time sharing ideas and feelings in efforts to understand each other, it is really great how much people can care for each other. I feel lucky to have met the people whom I have come to appreciate so much and who have inspired me by their care for others. I think that if there is one thing that I am certain about the way I feel in Cape Town...it would be my realization of how important friendship is in bringing happiness.
-Laura Bilodeau, Colby College '03
Additional information on the Cape Town program is at CBB Cape Town
Other Cape Town Diaries:
Cape Town Diary: July 3. By Julie McGee.
Cape Town Diary: July 14. By Julie McGee.
Cape Town Diary: July 27. By Kristen M. Heim.
Cape Town Diary: July 27. By Rachel Meiklejohn.
Cape Town Diary: August 6. By Paul Min.
Cape Town Diary: August 6. By Heather Finn.
Cape Town Diary: August 10. By Chris Reigeluth.
Cape Town Diary: August 13. By Kathryn Spirer.
Cape Town Diary: August 15. By Philip Drake.
Cape Town Diary: August 20. By Dana Kramer.
Cape Town Diary: August 20. By Noah Lambie.
Cape Town Diary: August 24. By Brendan Ferriter.
Cape Town Diary: August 27. By Katie Spirer.
Cape Town Diary: August 27. By Laura Bilodeau.
Cape Town Diary: August 31. By Kristen Heim.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 1. By Anonymous.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 4. By Julie McGee.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 14. By Claire Cuno.
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