By: Samantha Noriega

To be in the presence of a different culture, their customs, my team and the center staff, it has raised such profound moments that I am lucky to be a part of. Every day I am reminded that I am where I’m supposed to be.

One thing I can take away from this trip is that transparency is necessary in every part of our growth. It begins with being honest where we are, what we struggle with and the ability to find strength in breaking those barriers to discover why. I have learned more of what inhibits that growth and how I can advocate for myself to gain access in what I truly need. Being with these five other individuals selected to be part of this Saudi team allowed me to feel grounded not only through our discussions and trainings but throughout this experience, I have been able to gradually uncover pieces of myself and I have this entire experience to be thankful for. I have spoken and I will continue to speak.