Back in March 2016, I packed everything I could into my tiny car and set off on the 30-hour drive from my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Cortez.
It was a drastic change of scenery moving from my large Midwestern city to a small town in the desert Southwest. Living so far away from my friends and family back home was difficult at first, but I settled in quickly and learned how things work in Cortez and Montezuma County.
I am sad to be leaving Cortez, but it is time for me to move on. I have grown professionally and personally in the 16 months I have lived here. I know that I will always be able to look back on my time in Cortez and remember how much I learned.
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