The door opens. Unsure of the future, each individual must decide whether to pass through it. We each have the opportunity to embark on personal journeys that challenge our preconceptions and reward us with fresh perspectives.

The essays included here are representations of crossing this threshold. Each of these writers was faced with a journey of the mind and body. They traveled to foreign lands, new homes, and new stages in life. Opening the door to new and different worlds can be difficult and frightening, and as readers, we are fortunate enough to accompany these writers as they walk through that door.

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