Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.
Yesterday I celebrated my graduation from UW as well as my departure off to Spain. I’m still in disbelief that I am now an alumni as opposed to an undergrad, and the fact that I won’t be returning to campus next month is definitely weirding me out!
Something I’ve learned over the past couple of years is the importance of living and doing what makes you happy. Ferris Bueller said it better than anyone else. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Studying abroad impacted me so heavily, that I completely changed my mind about attending law school. I’ll be completely honest. Once I made the decision to not go to law school, I was scared. I kept asking myself what I would do for a career, whether or not I would go to grad school, if I would ever change my mind and decide that I did want to go to law school, etc. I guess I was mostly scared about not having a “plan”. But then I realized that our lives aren’t meant to be lived in one solid, linear direction. It’s important (and completely okay) to take a detour every now and then in order to discover, learn and grow.
My Gooma (my dad’s older sister in Chinese) gave me a graduation card with a message that really stood out to me. She wrote, “No one knows with absolute their every single step in the future; we only know it is important to make a step, one right after another. Mistakes are okay. Find another direction and keep moving forward, progressing, and learning.” – And that is exactly what I intend to do within these upcoming months.
Studying abroad in Spain was such a life changing experience. I was exposed to new places, foods, cultures, languages, people, customs and so much more. However, I felt that three months was not nearly enough time abroad. As the end of the program neared, I was very eager to see my family and friends back at home, yet sad to be leaving such a beautiful country and the friendships that had developed in such a short period of time. Upon returning to the states, I became determined to find a way to go back to Spain.
This past year, I applied to the Auxiliares de conversación 2013 program to teach English in Spain. After months of waiting and constantly checking the program’s website for any changes on my application status, I found out I had been accepted. The waiting game resumed as I impatiently waited for my region assignment, then again as I waited for my city placement. On May 31st, I received news that I would be teaching and living in A Coruña, Galicia which I am extremely excited about. While studying abroad, my program and I traveled to A Coruña, and I absolutely loved it. It’s similar to Seattle in the sense that there’s an abundance of green, it’s cold, and most importantly, lot’s of rain (yay :/). I’ve heard it has been called the PNW of Spain, so I suppose it really will be my home away from home.
Here are a few photos I took while visiting La Coruña:
I will be using this blog to document my experiences in Spain as well as a way to keep in touch with friends and family. I would love to read comments from my readers so feel free to write as you please. You may also email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org