Thousands if not millions of people travel every day; some by land and others by planes, and a few by ships. Nevertheless, they all do for a purpose to tell a story of a dream that came true. Every traveller has a story; it can be happy or sad. Some are leaving to see loved ones and some are leaving their loved ones. We all do it in the chase for something.  
On August 22, 2018, it was my time to be one of those travellers. I have a story to tell, too. After months of preparation and waiting; time has finally come to start off my new journey away from home and loved ones. I left Libya to France to pursue an awaited dream that I worked so hard to reach. The road was bumpy but definitely worth it. I am now in France to get my master’s degree in Environmental Policy at Sciences Po University.

“I’ve learned that it’s not a straight road to the top, and there are going to be setbacks along the way. You have to be patient, and you have to keep believing in what you’re doing. And keep believing in yourself, no matter what is happening. And then eventually you’ll get there.” – Eugenie Bouchard

Reflecting on the passenger’s story

I could’ve not made it without the support of my family and friends. I had days where I doubted the entire process. While, on other days, I was on top of the moon. The day I travelled; I hugged my dad goodbye and went off straight to the gate. It was at 1:30 am and I cried after he left. I realized at that moment that I was on my own and my journey has just begun.

I was so sleepy and exhausted but overwhelmed. The plane was filled with unfamiliar faces and I was surrounded by strangers. Kids were asleep on waiting benches, people on their phones and others talking. I was sitting alone and tears were streaming down my face. However, those were happy tears. I remembered all the downs I went through in order to be waiting for my last flight to my final destination.

It is finally happening

I finally boarded the plane and I knew that everyone around has a story (even the guy who sat next to me and slept for the whole duration of the flight). All I know is that this is not the end; it is only the beginning. Today, it is my first day as a master’s degree student and I hope that two years from now; I share with you the story of a master’s degree graduate.
It takes so much sacrifice and dedication to make your dreams a reality. You will have times where you think you are so close to giving up. Yet, the outcome will make you rethink again. There is no magic stick for success. Without hard work, there is no success.  Nature gives birds their food but does not put it in their nest. They have to work hard for it. It took Noah Webster 36 years to compile Webster’s Dictionary. Even small accomplishments require hard work and are better than big talk.