Even though my mother named me after women’s rights activist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, according to the dictionary a “sojourner” is someone who resides in a place temporarily.
Through my name, my parents empowered me to go after what I want and keep an open mind along the way. Apply for that internship abroad. Move for that international fellowship. Unlearn your biases and stereotypes about the world. Pay to zipline in that rainforest. Book that 52-hour train ride. It’s your life so you have to live it!
As a literal sojourner, I encourage my community to do the same. I show them you can dream big and travel far. And I provide the tools and tips to do it.
If you have the means and opportunity:
- why only pursue one dream?
- why not learn about other cultures (respectfully)?
- why settle down when you were born to explore?
Because at the end of the day – if not you, then who?