Annamae Beeler Sax - “Rolling Under the Stars”


Annamae Beeler Sax

Annamae Sax is a double major in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry and Gender and Women's studies (specialising in Queer and Trans Studies) who is traveling from Tucson, Arizona to Maynooth, Ireland. When she's not in class or stuck in a book, she loves to act, hike, and explore the world with her friends.

This year has been the craziest year of my life; I’ve gone to over ten countries, made more friends than I can count, and I found a new me in each place and person I came in contact with. I’m not the same person I was when I left Arizona last September. I’m not even the same person I was last week, or yesterday, or this morning; Ireland has changed me time and time again, and for the better.

If there’s anything I’ve learned from this experience is that change is good. Scary, yes, but scary isn’t always bad. Sometimes you need a little fear to learn what it is you want in life, and who you want to be. And at the end of the trip, you take that person home with you and reintroduce them to the world.

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My flight back to Arizona is tomorrow morning, and I’m not going to lie and say I’m ready to leave, because I’m not. Ireland has become my home, and I love it with all my heart; but I wasn’t ready to leave Arizona when I did last year, and I did okay. I know I’ll be okay now. A little fear is good, right?

“Because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road