Wednesday January 31, 2018

Get Out

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again during your time here. Your college years are the years that you should be using to learn about yourself. To figure out what your passions are and who you are. Learning about yourself never really stops. You keep developing yourself or else you become stuck and I’m not sure if that’s where you want to be. You want to keep improving yourself to become the best that you can be. And one way to get to know yourself better is to get out there - put yourself out there. I want to challenge everyone to take a chance to go abroad. Obviously it’s expensive and sometimes unattainable depending on where you are right now. But if the chance comes, definitely take the chance to see the world. Wherever. Search for the good and the bad of every place that you go to. You learn to appreciate what you do have as well as feel a little bothered about what isn’t available. And recognizing these allows for you to learn to be more grateful as well as spark something inside of you that could either lead to be your life’s passions or something that you begin to feel strongly towards and want to take action for.

I’ve challenged myself this past semester. And during that time I’ve met so many others with different stories from myself. Start planning your future. Begin to dream up something greater than yourself. Dream for your community and country and the world. Familiarize yourself with the diversity in the world and allow for that knowledge to influence your decisions and choices.

Since being abroad for the past semester, I remember the study abroad program director telling us, don’t worry about what’s going on here because everything is going to be exactly the same when you return. Nothing here has changed and I feel as if I’m the only one who’s different. So don’t worry about what’s going on here but take the time to explore and see what’s out there in the world. A semester is honestly too short.

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