Have you ever noticed that when you doodle a picture, sculpt clay, or dance to a song from a culture different than your own that it makes the world fall away? That happens for a reason.
“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” - Lao Tzu.He makes it seem so easy and logical, right?
The journey we embark on to crystallize our professional and personal identity is an important path we invest in, and is constantly a work in progress. While we do our best to take care of ourselves emotionally and intellectually, we sometimes forget to tend to the most natural tool we are given that can reinforce our sense of self – our body.
What if I told you to take that 5-year plan, throw out every preconceived limit to your success, and make the grandest design of a future accomplishment you could ever hope for?
Listen, it takes guts to allow yourself to stand out and be noticed. Why? Because you’re putting yourself under the microscope for potential feedback from your peers. To that I say – be courageous unabashedly and without reserve.
After experiencing expat living, you’ll find you may want to use your study abroad experience as a template for how you want to experience future travel escapades. You’re not just seeing a new place; you’re expanding your worldview of how others experience life.
President Jimmy Carter said, “we become not a melting pot, but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” This eloquent combination of words really encompasses the natural beauty of multiculturalism and diversity of the human condition.
What if I told you to take your original ideas about your future professional career after study abroad, and after graduation, and to think about them while looking at a spinning globe right in front of you?
For anyone that has ever been in a committed relationship, it’s widely known that it takes commitment, effort, and learning to be flexible.
I know you’re having so much fun studying abroad that you’re bursting at the seams, and it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything you want to do. So, I wanted to take a moment to remind you of a very important tip. Don’t forget to write it all down!
Once you’ve bought your host language phrase books, settled into your accommodations at your host university/host family, and found people in your academic programs to go frolic with – it’s most likely set in that you’re living in a whole different world! If you ask me – that’s one of the coolest feelings to ever experience. While I hope you have stellar experiences similar to Euro Trip – please remember to keep your emotional well-being and safety in mind.
Salutations study abroaders! Now that all of you have hopefully done your pre-departure research on your destination host countries and study abroad programs – let’s talk about the wonders of cultural adjustment. Rest assured, although it may be a little bit of a roller coaster, get prepared for one of the best rides of your life!
For those of you who are going overseas for the first time – congratulations! There’s a big world out there and you’re about to dive into it. For those of you that this isn’t your first rodeo, welcome back to the globetrotting club – it’s good to see you again.
With my last name being an anagram of nomad, you could say a love for travel is in my blood.