Polish Homecoming statement
Having the opportunity to study abroad was not only a dream come true, but a chance to discover my ancestry in a unique way. Unlike many families who have a documented past, my Polish descent only stretches as far as my last name and my grandfather’s father being born in Poland. Outside of those facts, it was a mystery. What was supposed to be a trip of answers became a trip of self-discovery. Learning the rich history, impoverishment and accolades of my Polish lineage helped me identify with the world around me in a way I never thought possible—suddenly I was connected to events, once-strangers, and new friends.