Rose’s Story: “This is the story you don’t want to hear…but this is the story you need.”

Link to CNN iReport "India: the Story You Never Wanted to Hear"
Link to CNN iReport “India: the Story You Never Wanted to Hear”

“When people ask me about my experience studying abroad in India, I always face the same dilemma. How does one convey the contradiction that over the past few months has torn my life apart, and convey it in a single succinct sentence?

‘India was wonderful,’ I go with, ‘but extremely dangerous for women.’ Part of me dreads the follow-up questions, and part of me hopes for more. I’m torn between believing in the efficacy of truth, and being wary of how much truth people want.

Because, how do I describe my three months in the University of Chicago Indian civilizations program when it was half dream, half nightmare? Which half do I give?

…This is the story you don’t want to hear when you ask me about India. But this is the story you need” (linked above).

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