Note From a Dormant Periclean

Dear Fellow 2010’s and All Pericleans,

It is incredible to read Dr. Frontani’s class update emails and hear about the great things you all are up to. You all continue to amaze and inspire me with all you’re doing! Wishing you huge congratulations on all your accomplishments and only wish we were together to celebrate these milestones.

While I regret how little I’ve been involved in our partnership in the past couple years, you and our Ghanaian partners are never far from my mind. As I’m sure you all feel too – my underlying commitment has not waned. If anything, my desire to be engaged has swelled. I realize that we’re all in the middle of a critical stage in our personal lives – navigating through graduate school, relationships, establishing careers, the list of life changes goes on! But being part of this partnership is a huge part of who I am and I know I will re-engage soon. For me anyway, I have a few things I need to take care of personally before I’ll be able to devote myself to our initiatives again. And so I’ll consider myself a dormant Periclean with plenty of excitement bubbling beneath the surface and ready to explode with activity again soon.

This is more than a hope and a promise; it is my personal pledge – my Periclean Pledge.

I look forward to collaborating with you soon, but for now please forgive me for dropping off the radar. I am working hard so that I’ll have more to bring to the table on our future projects and am excited for that day to come (December 2014 – my graduation date).

Until then, I will try to contribute to this blog and will certainly continue to follow the class and project updates! Wishing you all the best and let me know whether you’re ever in DC. Would love to meet up or even host you at my place – it’s an open invitation!

Kristin S.

PS – I finally got to visit the clinic in January 🙂 My next post will tell you more about that experience!

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