For several years now I have kept a book of quotes and sayings that inspire me. When I am faced with a difficult choice or challenge, I often refer to my book for motivation. Recently I have been feeling as though my life has become slightly mundane, and somewhat generic. I hardly have anything to complain about, but I haven’t been able to shake the feeling that there is something more for me out there than the routine I obediently follow everyday of my life. With this on my mind, I decided to open my inspiration book to a random page, and to apply that quote or saying to my life. The quote I opened to was by Anthony Robbins, and it read, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” That is when it clicked in my head that I was ready to do something different with my life, even if it was a temporary change, I just needed to stop being so safe and to start making my life more interesting. I realized that great things aren’t just going to happen to me, I have to make them happen.
When I first heard that students in my major, Communication Design, had the opportunity to study abroad in London everything just came together in my mind. This was the perfect opportunity for me to venture out into the world and escape the monotonous lifestyle that has been holding me back. I have lived in one of New York’s five boroughs my entire life, and I am beginning to feel extremely sheltered when I say that. I happen to love New York, and I am proud to be from here, but I am also aware that there are so many other places in the world to explore. I feel like never experiencing another culture, another environment, or another lifestyle is completely limiting myself from all the world has to offer. I also think that living in another country will give me a better understanding and appreciation of my own country.
The advantages of studying abroad are endless for me. I think getting a different perspective on life and how things work will not only better me in my career, but will also better me as a person. Nothing in life is one-sided, so seeing things from only one side seems pretty limited. Although this opportunity would definitely give me a competitive edge in my field, it is not something I would do just to put on my resume. I think this is the perfect time in my life for me to jump at an opportunity like this. As a student, I am not yet burdened with overwhelming responsibilities that would hold me back from such an opportunity. Once I graduate and begin my career, traveling will be very hard to find time for, unless I am fortunate enough to travel with my job. This is probably the only time in my life when I will be able to just pack my things and move to another city, on the other side of the world, for four months. I can’t allow a chance like this to slip right by me. I am also very interested in their way of teaching. From what I understand their style of education is very different from ours. Their learning environment is much more individualized, which I think would add to the personal rewards an experience like this can give.
I have worked very hard at my education my entire life. I take pride in my accomplishments, and put my all into everything I do. I always ask, if you are going to do something, why not do it right? It is a waste of energy to do anything half-heartedly, in my opinion. That is why I must put everything I have into jumping at this amazing opportunity I’ve been given. The timing couldn’t be better, the location couldn’t be more incredible, and my desire couldn’t be stronger. I truly hope this dream becomes a reality. If it does I will absolutely make the very best of it. I would use this experience to learn so much about so many things, including myself.