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Life Her Story

When I met her, I felt the feeling you see in movies but that you don’t believe truly exists. My heart jumped in my throat, my palms were sweating and every word I muttered sounded absolutely ridiculous. It wasn’t because she was stunning (though she was). It wasn’t that she was intelligent (though she most definitely was). It was her presence that made me want to take my heart out of chest and place it in the palm of her hand. And I did give her my heart – instantly, unthinkingly and lovingly. 
 It was our first few days of college. She was my suitemate, and she was all I could think about...
Over the last four weeks, I have straddled the equator line, zip-lined through a rainforest on the edge of the Amazon and climbed to 15,780 feet above sea level on Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. I took 80 hours of intensive Spanish, learned how to make Ecuadorian soup with shrimp and plantain "meatballs" and had my first fluid and coherent conversation in another language. But six months ago, I was sitting in a cubicle at a desk job in relative misery, anxious, heartbroken and depressed. So let me start from the beginning. I went to college at Northeastern...
“…And the winner is…. NEBRASKA!” The words rang throughout the building as the audience suddenly erupted and sprang to their feet. And in that moment, my life was changed forever. The next day, I woke up early to sign contracts and meet with the executives before jumping on a plane straight to New York City for a week of national media. From there, the entire year continued on at a breakneck pace. I traveled almost 200,000 miles that year, visiting 36 states and 5 countries, clocking almost 200 flights and spending a total of 335 days on the road. It was exhilarating yet exhausting,...