The Start of Something New…

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener
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I have begun my journey that shall lead me to my destiny. It’s name is study abroad and it shall prove to be a tough trip. I do not believe that actually going overseas and studying will be difficult. I think the most challenging thing was the decision on whether or not I should go.

When you have family and friends that you will leave behind it can seem that a new place will be too scary. The interesting thing is that your heart knows what is right and what is wrong for you. You will be able to tell if you should go or not. For me I know that if I continually dream about a place or if new people come into my life from the location and/or they continually speak about it, that I should look into it more. Over the last year I have made more Korean friends, joined a Korean meetup group, and have helped many with their English. When I had the realization that this was something I needed to do, I was immediately overcome with sadness. I know that what I want to do is to teach English in S. Korea and I also know that I want to do study abroad this summer as a pre-preparation. The problem is that I also want to stay close to my family, but that’s when you ask yourself some questions. “Is this going to better my life?” and “Will this make me happy?” Of course if your answer to both is yes, then it is a no brainier. You must go! If you don’t go then your heart will always ache and you will have that dreadful feeling of regret and it has always been my goal to try and avoid that feeling. I spoke with my parents, siblings, and my niece and nephew. They may not want me to go, but they know it’s what I want to do and fully support it. Now I know that not everyone can be as lucky to have family that may agree, but just help them to realize that this isn’t the end of the world and remember that easing them into the idea over time is much easier then just slamming it all in their faces at once. When your parents support you in your schooling I understand that this is even more of a challenge for you. Just remember that if you show them how badly you want it; by apply for scholarships, raising money, or getting a part-time job that you have more of a chance with them. Also do what I did, I became my own lawyer for study abroad. I laid out the reasons I wanted to go and what I would do to try and achieve my goal. My parents asked me questions and I was prepared to answer them. At the end they said they didn’t like that I wanted to be so far away, but they were for it.

Don’t be afraid to try! At least if you try you will have the feeling that you gave it your all and remember to GIVE IT EVERYTHING!
Also remember that if your parents say no, keep trying! Just try to save money for your own trip and don’t give up hope.
I believe if you are meant to be there you will get there somehow.


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