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Absence made my heart grow fonder of home

Published 03/10/2013

SEVEN years ago, I received my A-level results and had no idea what I wanted to do. One thing I did know was I was leaving Northern Ireland and never coming back.

But living away allowed me to appreciate that, despite problems, there is more good than bad.

Two years ago, I moved back.

So this is my plea: go away if you can, have as many experiences as possible, challenge the way you think and how you see things. And then come home.

The future of Northern Ireland is in our hands, which is our burden, but also our privilege.

KATE NICHOLL

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